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The Southeastern Illinois Rural Health Workforce Development Network (SEIgrow) is pleased to announce that Fairfield is among four rural communities in Illinois that will be the host site to six college students for a three day Rural Health Experience, June 27-29.  Fairfield Memorial Hospital (FMH) and Southeastern Illinois Area Health Education Center (SEIAHEC) hold seats on the SEIgrow advisory board including Katherine Bunting, Ph.D., FMH CEO, and Beth Wilson, RN, BSN, SANE, SEIAHEC Director.
Fairfield will be able to showcase the local community and provide an overview of what rural medicine is about through Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  The students will have the opportunity to reach outside their profession and have the opportunity to spend time with the local health department, home health agency, rural pharmacies, and emergency medical services.  They will also be spending time in Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, doing clinic rounding with mid-level providers at Horizon Healthcare, and spending focused time with Katherine Bunting, Ph.D., FMH CEO to get an overview of rural healthcare from an administrative perspective. 
“The goal is to open these students’ eyes to practicing in rural America by showcasing the many wonderful aspects of practicing in rural Illinois and encouraging them to return to a rural community,” state Katherine Bunting, Ph.D., FMH CEO.
The two students who will be hosted by FMH are Kimberly Helkamp and Jessica Rawlings. Kimberly will be in her first year of medical school at the University of Illinois, and Jessica is in her first year of pharmacy school, and is enrolled in the Rural Pharmacy Education (RPHARM) Program. 

The objectives for these students are to: 1) Learn about the social and health characteristics, needs, and resources of a specific rural community 2) Understand the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare providers in a rural community 3) Reflect on a future career as a healthcare provider in a rural community and potential interest in their location as a future career location.

“We look forward to meeting the students and welcoming them to Southeastern Illinois,” stated SEIAHEC Director, Beth Wilson, RN, BSN, SANE.


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