On Friday, May 11, 2018, Rusk County Memorial Hospital hosted a tour for Ms. Kelsey Danielson’s first grade class from Lake Holcombe. The class, chaperones and RCMH volunteers navigated to four hospital departments where employees walked the students through learning activities. Carolyn Welsch, RCMH Volunteer Coordinator explains the importance of student tours, “it’s important for the youth in our community to understand what happens here in the hospital, and for them to be comfortable here.” Welsch continues, “this experience is so exciting for our youngsters, and a pure delight for our volunteer tour guides and our Team here at RCMH!”
In the laboratory, the students were able to use a microscope, touch the red gel of a petri dish which they took back to their classroom to watch those germs grow, and learn about having blood drawn in a lab. In the imaging department, the children saw the equipment in action. They also watched a slide show of all kinds of human bones and tissues while identifying the breaks and anomalies. While in the Rehab Services department, the students received a show-and-tell hands-on learning experience of recovery and healing modalities offered from physical and occupational therapy, and some students even received soft pinky casts in neon pink. Their tour wrapped up with watching the Life Link III air ambulance landing, and had an opportunity for the students to take turns climbing aboard and learning how this very important medical service helps save lives.