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Calling Dr. Kid! Stat! Students get insider's view of hospital

Sunday, April 29, 2012

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Donnie Earle gets some assistance while putting on surgical gloves as he and other kindergarten students from East Side Elementary School toured Heritage Medical Center.
(T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Miniature surgeons flooded the halls of Heritage Medical Center on Friday morning to tour the facilities -- at least that's what it looked like.

Kindergartners from East Side Elementary donned surgical masks, caps and gloves while making the rounds at the Shelbyville hospital. During their visit, they made stops everywhere in hospital, from the helipad to the critical care unit.

Repeat visits

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Future doctors and nurses make their way to the helipad at Heritage Medical Center.
(T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
The youngsters were in the classes of Priscilla Gaulden, Christina Brown, Kristina Goad and Julie Patrick. When they were asked, every student said that they had been to a hospital before, but it surely hadn't been in such good spirits.

A host of hospital employees played guide for the kindergartners. At the ambulance, Savanna Damron gave the kids a glance inside of the emergency vehicle and let a few kids try on a splint.

Next, the students headed over to the helipad where Facility Operations Director Ray Cate explained "the big red 'H'," and went over the basics of helicopter approach and takeoff.

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Brad Dunivan shows students how an X-ray is viewed.
(T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Familiar image

The little doctors must've done their due diligence before they made it to the hospital, because they really surprised the technicians in the X-ray room. When Brad Dunivan pulled up an image of a heart, the kids didn't miss a lick in guessing the right organ.

The emergency room and critical care unit were the last stops on the tour. Kelly Beasley and Mike Stone explained the differences between the two units, and ran a few diagnostic heart rate tests to entertain the youngsters.

An enjoyable day that started out at Shelbyville Municipal Airport came to a nice close as the tourists got to enjoy a snack before they headed back to school.


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