Ocean Medical Center Hosts Summer Police Camp

Contact:Donna Sellmann, Public Relations Manager

Ocean Medical Center Hosts Summer Police Camp

Tweens and teens explore medical professions as part of Point Pleasant Borough initiative

Ocean Medical Center recently welcomed 52 students from Point Pleasant Borough's Police Camp to spend the day learning the ins and outs of what it means to work at a hospital. In addition to the campers, 12 Police Explorers and Police Officers were on site as counselors.

The students got right down to business and began the day learning about safety, infection control, and emergency codes. The next lesson was not for the squeamish, as the students got an up close look at various body organs to learn about anatomy. From brains to lungs and livers, the campers learned about the difference between a healthy organ, and one that has been damaged by disease or poor lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking or doing drugs.

Despite the rising temperatures outside, the students then hit the front lawn of the medical center for Boot Camp run by Meridian Life Fitness. Their stamina and strength was put to the test with various activity stations. Next, break-out sessions included nutritional counseling, learning about the impacts of aging, learning how to cast and splint each other's arms and legs, and having a tour of the hospital's central power plant.

The final component of the campers' day at the medical center has the kids actually run a mass casualty drill. They put up the decontamination tent, put on full body suits, and then hosed off in the decontamination tent. The wash down decontamination exercise was fun and refreshing, especially on a hot summer day.

"This activity exposed students to perspectives in medicine that may lead to career choices in health care later on," said Ocean Medical Center President, Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACHE. "As our nation struggles with reforming the U.S. health care system to expand access to the uninsured, there is a current and growing gap in the health care workforce that needs to be addressed. While this camp activity will not solve workforce shortages, it can play a part to encourage interest in health professions."

About Ocean Medical Center
Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in the heart of Ocean County, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-DOCTORS or log on to our web site at www.OceanMedicalCenter.com.