OCH looks to expand collaboration with BOCES, Allied Health Technical Prep

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 16 April 2024 at 7:44 am

Provided photo: These students from Niagara-Orleans BOCES are pictured at Medina Memorial Hospital with their teacher Courtney Slack BSN, RN. The students include Lilyan Beals (Roy Hart), Bella Fischer (Medina), Adysyn Stirk (Albion), Sofia Gagliardi (Medina), Madison Davis (Lydonville), Gisella Garcia (Medina), Monet Thomas (Albion), Jayden Lewis (Albion) and Paige Newton (Albion. Missing from photo: Taylor LeFrois (Albion).

MEDINA – A collaboration between allied Health Technical Prep, Orleans/Niagara BOCES and Orleans Community Health/Medina Memorial Hospital is shaping the future of healthcare professionals, according to Scott Robinson, director of Marketing, Communications and Outreach at Medina Memorial Hospital.

“We are delighted to celebrate the continued success of this partnership which has provided junior students from the BOCES program with excellent training opportunities within the hospital, fostering unique learning experiences and community engagement,” Robinson said.

One student, Madison Davis from Lyndonville, shares her experience.

“Allied Health and its shadowing experiences within the hospital have been very helpful in helping me make my decision to pursue a career as a PA,” Davis said. “The community and mentors I have gained from my experience here have made huge impacts on me personally and professionally.”

Additionally, Lily Beals from Roy-Hart expressed her gratitude.

“Joining Allied Health has made me realize how much more I want to pursue my career in dentistry,” Beals said. “I am so grateful for this experience and being able to help the community. Learning about the foundations of healthcare will give me a broad prospective as I pursue a pathway to becoming a dental hygienist.”

The ongoing partnership between Allied Health Technical Prep, Orleans/Niagara BOCES and Medina Memorial Hospital underscores a shared commitment to nurturing talent, supporting career aspirations and serving the local community, Robinson said. By offering students continuous exposure to real-world healthcare environments and mentorship from seasoned professionals, this collaboration equips them with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in their chosen healthcare careers, he said.

“We are immensely proud of the enduring success of this partnership and the positive impact it has had on our students,” said Kimberly Gray, chief nursing officer at Orleans Community Health. “By providing ongoing immersive learning experiences and mentorship opportunities, we are shaping the next generation of healthcare leaders who will continue to make meaningful contributions to our community.”

Allied Health Technical Prep, Orleans/Niagara BOCES and Orleans Community Health/Medina Memorial Hospital look forward to building upon their established partnership and continuing to empower students to excel in the healthcare field.