May 2, 2012
On a guided tour with volunteers and staff, students see the following areas: the St. Croix Valley EMS Ambulance, Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray), Emergency Room, Laboratory, Obstetrics (OB), Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine , Medical/Surgical Unit, and receive a bag of items including, a hospital coloring book, child seatbelt safety, nursing or doctor caps, and stickers plus a letter to parents about their visit.
Students climb inside the ambulance and turn the lights on. The Diagnostic Imaging staff show the students what x-rays look like and introduce them to Mr. Bones, a life size skeleton. The Laboratory staff teaches them about the different blood types and germs. In the Emergency Department, students are given the option to have a cast put on their finger. Finger print techniques are practiced in the OB Department. Students learn about exercise and muscles as they move about in the Rehabilitation/Sports Medicine Department. And finally to ease the fear of visiting someone while they are on the Med/Surg unit, students stop in a patient room and see the “cool” beds that move and listen to their heart.
All area schools are invited to participate in these tours, and groups already scheduled include kindergartners from Birch Street Elementary (Frederic), Luck, St. Croix Elementary (Dresser), and Taylors Falls. If you home school and would like to schedule a tour, call 715-483-0431 and we’d be happy to arrange one. Tours are provided by SCRMC staff, Volunteer Partners, and are directed by Sarah Shaw, Education Specialist.