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Elizabethtown, KY – Hardin Memorial Health has entered into an agreement with Hardin County Schools that will give students enrolled in the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center an opportunity to work clinical hours and serve in an internship work environment during their high school senior year.

“When our Board of Education approved the concept of the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center, it passionately said that we must give those students the very best opportunities to succeed,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “This partnership does exactly that. Our students can work in an actual healthcare environment and be exposed to real-life situations.”

Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center students will work with the nursing, pharmacy, sports medicine, EKG, phlebotomy, culinary and information technology areas of the hospital. They will go through an orientation with HMH staff and sign confidentiality agreements and other HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996) related documents.

“This partnership is exciting on so many levels,” said Kathy Fetterley, Hardin Memorial Health Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer. “This benefits our entire health system, our students and our community. HMH gets to take an active role in shaping students’ health care careers by letting them see first-hand how we fulfill our mission each day with each patient.”

Six HCS students will begin work this year (the 2013-14 school year) in the pharmacy program at HMH to blaze the trail for their successors that will come from the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center.

“The center has to have these kinds of partnerships to be successful,” Hardin County Schools Early College & Career Center principal Dan Robbins said. “I just can’t express how much I appreciate Hardin Memorial Health providing a beneficial partnership with our center. The Health Science students that go through this program will be prime candidates for acceptance into post-secondary health science programs at colleges, universities and vocational schools. They will also improve their chances of success there and will get into the workplace sooner and contribute to our local economy quicker. This is a win-win for everyone in Hardin County.”

“This is a huge advantage for Hardin County Schools' students,” Johnston added. “Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Abramson was exactly right when he said that this center stemmed from the best educational partnership in Kentucky. Our district is focused on moving forward, not on yesterday’s victories. We must help the students that are sitting in our classrooms today become the leaders of tomorrow. This partnership with Hardin Memorial Health will give our students a tremendous leg-up among their peers as they enter post-secondary education institutions and the workplace. This is a true symbol of community and schools coming together to make our community a better place to live.”

"It is thrilling to hear about this partnership,” Hardin County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Richardson. “Our community’s economic development success depends on our businesses and industries investing in our future. Hardin Memorial Health will invest their resources, time, energy and passion into these Hardin County Schools students. I cannot wait to hear the many stories of achievement that come from this agreement between HMH and HCS.”

“This program, coupled with the hands-on learning experience, will surely give our students an advantage as they continue to pursue additional opportunities in the health sciences and related fields,” Fetterley added. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Hardin County Schools as we introduce students to the passion of serving in a healthcare career. We also will be excited to see students bring their expertise back and choose to become part of our Hardin Memorial Health family.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       

February 24, 2014                                                                                   

Contact:  John Wright
Community Relations Specialist
(270) 769-8867

Hardin Memorial Hospital. 913 N. Dixie Ave. Elizabethtown KY 42701.
Phone (270) 737-1212
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