Hendrick Hudson Students Visit Hudson Valley Hospital

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Hendrick Hudson High School students recently took a tour of Hudson Valley Hospital Center as part of an advanced science program.
Hendrick Hudson High School students recently took a tour of Hudson Valley Hospital Center as part of an advanced science program. Photo Credit: File Photo

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Hendrick Hudson High School students recently took a tour of Hudson Valley Hospital Center as part of an advanced science program. 

About 70 students from the Project Lead the Way program visited various hospital departments in April to learn about health care career opportunities as well as medical science as part of a college-level science elective offered to students in high school, according to a press release from the school district. 

Laboratory director Sue Hyatt explained to students the different types of analysis conducted at the lab and showed them the latest equipment used to analyze blood and tissue during the tour, according to the release. 

Physical therapist Kyle Mack demonstrated a “jump test” he uses to "analyze the angle of the leg and hip joints as part of a Sportsmetrics ACL injury prevention program offered at the hospital," according to the release.

Cardiopulmonary manager Deborah Weeks-Petranchik talked to students about the heart and lungs, as well as, common diseases related to both. She also discussed the importance of healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and not smoking, according to the release. 

Anne Campbell-Maxwell, director of oncology at the hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center, spoke about the history of cancer and treatments, according to the release. 

"Students also learned about volunteer opportunities and heard from hospital employees about how these sometimes led to careers at the hospital," representatives said in the release. 

The tour is part of a partnership between the school and Hudson Valley Hospital Center in which students can get a firsthand look into the workings of the medical field.

Beth Gruber, resource development liaison for the Hendrick Hudson School District, said the program provided “an incredible opportunity for students” and that the district looked forward to working with the hospital to “provide our students with similar enriching opportunities in the years ahead," according to the release. 

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