Hot Springs - The Annual Scrubs Camp was held October 11, 2017 at Fall River Health Services (FRHS). This year’s attendance was the largest that FRHS has hosted in their years of being involved, with 44 high school students all from grades 9-12th.
“We are one of 21 Scrubs Camp sites in South Dakota,” said Ed Pellicottee, Ultrasound Manager. “South Dakota started this program because there are projected shortages in the medical fields within the next 10-15 years.”
Pellicotte added that South Dakota wants to encourage graduating seniors to stay in the state and work in the medical field.
“The Camp provides local high schoolers the opportunity to learn about the Medical Field Professions,” he said. “Fall River Health Services demonstrates Ultrasound, Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Respiratory, Physical Therapy, Phlebotomy, Radiology, Pharmacy, and EMT/Paramedics. The kids learn what each field does in the medical field, what schooling is required to work in that specialty, and lastly they are given a hands on experience. It is a full day event that host students from Hot Springs, Edgemont, Oelrichs, and Custer.”
Pellicotte worked with the State of South Dakota to make the Scrubs Camp a success at FRHS. Efforts were made through marketing and direct communication in contacting the area high schools and media references to promote the event along with the Scrubs Camp leadership role. Pellicotte coordinated efforts with technical schools and Universities to have a representative available to answer questions concerning medical programs.
Students were able to take advantage of the opportunity to visit with the University of South Dakota, Western Dakota Tech, South Dakota State University and the Army National Guard while they enjoyed the Subway lunch that was provided.
The Campers provided FRHS and the SCRUBS Camp with a 100% feedback. Of the campers surveyed 90.91% stated that they would consider a career in healthcare. In those who would consider, their top pick was in Nursing followed by EMT/Paramedics and a strong tie in the professions of Rehab, OT, PT-tied with Radiology/Ultrasound.
Fall River Health Services was honored to be selected again this year. The selection process is based on the State of South Dakota focusing on where they would like to offer more coverage in the state.
Fall River Health Services has been consistently chosen for the past few years due to its location as it provides coverage to the Southwestern corner of South Dakota, including Hot Springs, Custer, Edgemont, Oelrichs and the Pine Ridge Reservation.