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SwedishAmerican Establishes Exploring Program

November 11, 2013

SwedishAmerican Health System is pleased to announce the establishment of an Exploring program to help area youth explore medical careers. Exploring is a career education program offered by Irving, Tex.-based Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. Participants are young men and women who are at least 14 (and have completed 8th grade) and not yet 21 years old.

Working in partnership with school guidance counselors, Learning for Life identified a select group of area high school students for participation in SwedishAmerican's one-year program, which began on October 16th.

SwedishAmerican is the only local health system to sponsor an Exploring program. Employees from the organizations serve as leaders, working with students once per month to explore a variety of career opportunities, including:

•Physical Medicine
•Laboratory Science
•Information Technology
•Respiratory Therapy
•Health Information Management

Exploring is not about lectures and slide shows, but instead offers practical real-world career experiences that help youth pursue their special interests, grow and develop.

"By sponsoring this program, we are taking an active step in developing today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders," says SwedishAmerican Director of Information Security Sheryl Y. Head, who serves as one of the program's leaders.

To learn more about SwedishAmerican's Exploring program, please call your high school guidance counselor, Lesley Medrano at (815) 961-2394 or Sheryl Head at 779-696-7224.

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, a free-standing outpatient cancer center, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation.

For further information, contact:
Paul Greenland

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