Health Science Careers students at Winfield High School are offering discounts to local establishments with “Scratch & Help” booklets.
Half of the funds raised will benefit William Newton Hospital’s future expansion of the emergency department and half will go toward personalized scrubs for the students to wear during rotations.
“Our foundation has awarded scholarships to health careers students for a number of years,” William Newton Healthcare Foundation Director Annika Morris said. “We are excited that these young students have decided to give back to William Newton Hospital and our Second Century Campaign efforts in this way. This connection makes their fundraising efforts especially meaningful and worthwhile.”
Making patient care more efficient and bringing improvements to facilities for emergency medicine services is the phase two focus of the hospital’s Second Century Campaign.
The students explore careers in healthcare by spending time with real-life professionals within the community. While on site, students are placed in a variety of settings, including surgery, obstetrics, nursing, radiology, laboratory, pharmacy and more.
“Having scrubs helps identify the students as students, while helping them experience their rotation as a healthcare provider,” student advisor Rob Fields said.
Many of these students are also members of Health Occupation Students of America, a student organization at Winfield High School for more than 15 years. The group currently has 127 members.
Health Science Careers sponsors two blood drives each year, Christmas gifts for more than 200 children, the Turner Family Scholarship, and the fall and spring Health Occupation Students of America conferences. Food is also provided as a thank you to the job sites hosting students.
In exchange for a contribution determined by the amount scratched, donors receive several coupons to businesses, including Gambino’s Pizza, Lucky Star, Graves Drug, McDonald’s, Luigi’s, Shindigs, Beiderman’s, and Burger Station. The coupons can be used through May 2020.
Scratch off amounts range from 50 cents to $3. Each student is tasked with collecting 20 donations, which will earn $100 toward the purchase of scrubs.
“We want to thank the healthcare community for being so supportive. It wouldn’t be where it is today without the community,” Fields said.
To donate, call Fields at (620) 218-3522. To learn more about William Newton Hospital’s Second Century Campaign, visit www.wnhfoundation.org/2ndcentury.