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Camp attendees have a chance to see crisis teams in action

Tuesday, June 25, 2013  
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For Immediate Release – 6/25/2013
Contact – Director of Communications, Rita Elliott 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., — Regional high school students are in for a real-life surprise when they are witness to an "accident” on campus. On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 beginning at 1:30 p.m., attendees of the Rural Health Careers Camp will witness an accident simulation in Rockford College’s parking lot A. A realistic and real-time accident scene will be created and emergency crews from Rockford Police, Fire, and Ambulance will arrive on campus with emergency lights and sirens. Emergency crews will determine that "Flight for Life” will be necessary. Weather permitting; an emergency helicopter will then land on campus to treat the "victim” involved in the accident.

Rockford College is pleased to be the host site for the Rural Health Careers Camp. The three-day camp held June 26 – June 28, is intended for high school students residing in rural areas who have a budding interest in the health professions. The camp is a partnership between the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) located at the University of Illinois Health Science Campus in Rockford, Rockford College and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Northwest Illinois. 19 students are in attendance.

The purpose of the Rural Health Careers Camp is to provide rural high school students with a hands-on learning experience about different health professions careers, and to show them the opportunities available in health professions. Students will also receive information about education and training, academic requirements, financial aid, and campus life. The faculty for the camp is comprised of health professions faculty, health professionals currently in practice, and health professions college students.
Current rural high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with a priority given to freshmen and sophomores from the 19 counties of the Northern Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Region are eligible to apply to the camp. Counties included are: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Henderson, Henry, JoDaviess, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside and Winnebago.

Questions may also be directed to Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper at or call 815-395-5854.

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