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Lee's Summit Medical Center's physicians and caregivers host student health exploration day

Lee's Summit Medical Center, Fire/EMS and Police Departments engage students in an enriching educational experience for the tenth year.

July 21, 2023
Children, wearing hospital scrubs, watch a medical professional demonstrate surgery on a model.

Lee’s Summit Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider — will host its 10th Annual Healthcare Exploration Day on Friday, July 21. Seventy-five children ages six to 18 with a parent working at Lee’s Summit Medical Center will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about careers in healthcare.

“We are pleased to once again offer this enlightening, lively and impactful educational experience for our hospital employees’ children,” says Lee’s Summit Medical Center CEO John McDonald, FACHE. “Our staff is excited to offer these kids practical and engaging demonstrations about career fields in a high-tech and high-touch hospital. The students also get a feel for the diverse roles our staff members play to ensure all the hospital’s operations run smoothly for the best possible patient experience. It’s a well-rounded experience that walks the kids through the day of the life in a hospital.”

Hospital employees will share information about their profession in career fields like cardiovascular care, radiology, rehabilitation services, emergency/trauma care, and laboratory and operating room/surgical services. Various creative and educational interactive stations will be set up throughout the hospital where children will receive hands-on healthcare education. The Missouri Highway Patrol and Lee’s Summit Fire and EMS will be onsite to demonstrate the features of ambulance and fire trucks and share information about their career fields.

“This event is something I look forward to every year for many reasons,” said Adam Kramer, DO, general surgeon. “Healthcare Exploration Day helps inspire the next generation of nurses, surgeons, first responders and other healthcare leaders to really ‘dream big.’ And of course, these kids get to see what mom and dad do during their day at work, which I know sparks important real-life conversation at home, too.”

Dr. Kramer guides one of the event’s popular demonstrations on a leading-edge surgical robot, allowing participants to learn about being a surgeon by manipulating gummy worms around with the specialized instruments.

“The students get a feel for how a surgeon operates the robot and how precise its movements are, which is the foundation for a great conversation and question-and-answer session,” said Dr. Kramer.

For more information about Lee’s Summit Medical Center, visit their website.

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July 21, 2023
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