Health Occupation students give back to local hospital

Students in Wyandotte Public Schools’ Health Science Program hold some of the blankets they made by hand and donated to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s palliative care program.

The hospital’s Health Occupation students are a point of pride for Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, and with good reason.

The hospital is the location of Wyandotte Public Schools’ Health Science Program, which includes approximately 100 students from 12 area school districts.

The second year health science students, who can be seen around the hospital in their yellow scrub shirts and navy pants, provide services to many hospital and community activities. 

While working throughout the hospital, the students are able to work side by side with health professionals as they do their jobs. Throughout the year, they develop practical skills and professionalism and walk away with experience, knowledge and a sense of accomplishment. 

But they also give back to the hospital in significant ways.

During the past school year, the students have fundraised and volunteered in different capacities, including holding sock/coat drives; a canned goods drive; acting as Dress for Success volunteers; staffing a hot cocoa table; holding a pretzel fundraiser, penny war fundraiser and health science basket raffle, and participating in the Heart Walk basket raffle. 

This year’s Health Science students donated all of their fundraising proceeds back to the hospital and community, providing invaluable support, including:

  • 27 handmade fleece blankets for palliative care
  • Funds to Volunteer Services toward materials for fidget blankets and yarn for blankets and shawls
  • Sock aids for patients in rehabilitation
  • OB grief books
  • A monetary donation to the chapel for banners and care notes
  • Plush toys for the Emergency Department
  • Coloring pages and crayons for the ED and OB
  • Toiletries, including hairbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, for all the medical floors

“Many thanks to these bright young people,” said Christine Cheetam, Health Occupations clinical instructor. “We look forward to watching them flourish in their future healthcare careers.”

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