Canton, Ohio: Mercy Volunteer Services welcomes students from Massillon Washington, Glenoak, Jackson and Lake High Schools this fall for Mercy Medical Center’s SOAR (Shadowing Opportunities Are Rewarding) Shadowing Program.
More than 100 students now shadow Mercy’s health professionals in areas such as nursing; physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy for adults and children; radiology; ultrasound; cardiac diagnostics; sports medicine; emergency medicine; and intensive care.
Last year, more than 80 SOAR students completed 2,134 shadowing hours at the hospital and its satellite sites.
Stephanie Williams, manager of volunteers at Mercy, says SOAR students are enrolled in health care prep courses at their high schools to learn the hands-on skills they will need to pursue further education.
She adds, “As part of these courses, students shadow Mercy staff to see what they do and observe the importance of excellent patient care. Students not only gain career exploration opportunities, they see first-hand how their textbook knowledge is applied in the healthcare field that cannot be found anywhere else.”
Past SOAR students have expressed appreciation for the shadowing opportunity. High school student and shadowing participant Tori Downey says, “What I liked best were the one-on-one connections and interactions the staff and I made with the patients. The staff member I shadowed was wonderful and really enjoyed his job. I saw some really cool things and watched patients receive comfort and help.”
To learn more about SOAR and other volunteer opportunities at Mercy, visit cantonmercy.org/volunteer or call 330-489-1106.Please click here for media inquiries