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For release: November 1, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Student Health Care Career Awareness Night on November 6
See if a career in health care is a right fit for you

Students in grades six through 12 can learn more about careers in health care by attending HealthCare in Progress’ Student Health Care Career Awareness Night on November 6 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at North High School, 985 Gorge Blvd., Akron. Professionals representing many health care career areas will be present to talk to students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors. More than 25 exhibits and demonstrations will focus on careers in biomedical engineering, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, sports medicine, medical research, physical, occupational and speech therapy, respiratory care, social work, and other fields.

Students can take a look inside a real ambulance and a simulation bus to see what it’s like to respond to 9-1-1 medical emergencies, perform a surgery or give CPR. Information will also be available on teen volunteer opportunities at Akron hospitals and Akron Public Schools’ career education programs.

Each student will receive a free drawstring backpack and career information kit. Snacks and beverages will be served. For more information, please call 330-761-3131 or visit

Event sponsors – and members of Healthcare in Progress – are Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron Community Foundation, Akron General Health System, Akron Public Schools, Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron, ARI-AHEC, Kent State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Summa Health System, and the University of Akron.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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