RUIDOSO, N.M. – Lincoln County Medical Center hosted nineteen 8th grade students from Ruidoso Middle School on April 6, 2017.
Students spent the day learning about different healthcare careers. From using ultrasound equipment in the Radiology Department to learning how chest tubes are inserted to intubate a patient in the Emergency Department, students were able to meet staff and ask questions about their jobs.
“It was a great opportunity for our staff to inspire students to pursue careers in healthcare,” said Todd Oberheu, Administrator, Lincoln County Medical Center. “We hope to see many more doctors, nurses, physical therapists and others from Lincoln County in the future.”
Students also learned about intensive care and how patients are monitored and treated during their stay.
“We wanted to give them as real of an experience as we could,” said Sara Proctor, nurse manager in the intensive care unit at Lincoln County Medical Center.
Dr. Stephen Otero, medical director for Lincoln County Medical Center, met with the students to discuss the role of the physician as part of the care team. Dr. Otero enjoyed answering the students’ questions and added, “I did not have an opportunity like this when I was in school. To see healthcare up close will hopefully help the students decide if healthcare is a future career option for them.”
In addition, LCMC is currently hosting Stephanie Briones, a third-year medical student from the University of New Mexico. Briones spent lunch with students talking about medical school and what types of classes she took on her path to become a physician.
About Lincoln County Medical Center
Lincoln County Medical Center is a county-owned facility that has been leased and operated by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1972. This partnership is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families and communities in Ruidoso and Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Servicesoperate a hospital, a primary care and specialty clinic, three rural clinics and a countywide ambulance service in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center is one of eight hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.