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Miano Elementary Students Tour Memorial Hospital Los Banos Rural Health Clinic

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region | 0 comments

LOS BANOS — Andrea Clarke’s fourth grade students thought they were just getting a tour of Memorial Hospital Los Banos’ Rural Health Clinic on Thursday.

Andrea Clarke waits to get blood drawn while her fourth-grade students look on. Clarke’s students received a tour of the Memorial Hospital Los Banos Rural Health Clinic on Thursday as part of National Rural Health Day.

What they got was a view of the full health care experience. Andrea’s class visited the clinic on National Rural Health Day.

Rural communities like Los Banos have unique healthcare needs and National Rural Health Day is designated to recognize and celebrate the providers and care received in small communities across America. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens.

Rural hospitals like Memorial Hospital Los Banos – which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care – struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.

Rural Health Clinic staff educated 31 children about rural health, the importance of the hospital and clinic in their small town and led a tour of the diagnostic imaging and clinic spaces at the facility.

“Health care is so broad and there are a lot of careers within the field,” said Andrea. “I like to expose the children to the many aspects of health care and show them what is involved with health care. They need to see behind the scenes of the clinic and know that coming to a clinic or a hospital is not scary.”

Andrea provided her students with a shocking moment when she volunteered to have her blood drawn by one of the RHC’s medical assistants.

“They need to see that it doesn’t hurt and that it’s not as bad as it may seem,” said the teacher.

Cynthia Gonzales, M.A., described the process of drawing blood step by step before putting a butterfly needle into Andrea’s arm. Gasps erupted, hands covered mouths and even a few, ‘that’s so cool’ were seen and heard in the exam room.

Doug Archer, administrator, Memorial Hospital Los Banos, explained to the children how fortunate they are to live in a community where there is not only a hospital, but a health clinic as well.

“It’s not fun to drive a long distance when you are sick or have a broken arm,” he said. “If we didn’t have a hospital or this health clinic here in town, that’s what you would have to do.”

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region | 0 comments