2022 Summer interns: Part two

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The 2022 summer interns recently made their way through the halls of Tri-County Health Care. They learned valuable lessons about the medical field and the numerous departments working together to create a place for healing. We want to introduce the second set of 2022 summer interns. Please take this opportunity to get to know their faces. You might see them at Tri-County Health Care in the years to come!

Aubrey Hess

2022 summer interns: Part two

Aubrey Hess

Verndale Public School

Plans after graduation?

I plan to go into the healthcare field. At the moment, I’m looking at attending NDSU or the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Why did you apply for the internship?

My dad explained the program to me before I applied and got me interested.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love reading and being an active member of my school. I also play volleyball and sprint in track.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

People living a more sustainable lifestyle.

What is your favorite book, movie, and food?

My favorite book is The Secret Life of Bees, my favorite movie is Footloose (1984), and my favorite food is orange bell peppers.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

Flying, because of the view.

Tell me about one big life goal you have.

One big life goal of mine is to find a job that I fit into, and that is right for me.

What were some of your favorite experiences during your internship?

I really liked learning about the people in each department. This is such a small-town community, and everyone is so nice and welcoming.

Would you recommend others apply for the internship at Tri-County Health Care?

10 out of 10 would recommend it to other students interested in going into this job area. Seeing how many departments there are behind the scenes was eye-opening.

 

Makenna Wilhelmi

2022 summer interns: Part two

Makenna Wilhelmi

Bertha Hewitt Public School

Plans after graduation?

I am currently working towards my AA degree through PSEO from Central Lakes College and still deciding what I would like to go to school for.

Why did you apply for the internship?

I thought this would be a great opportunity to experience the side of healthcare that most people really don’t see, and I wanted to see if healthcare was the right career for me.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like riding horses, playing volleyball, and spending time with family and friends.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

One thing I would change in the world is that more people would work towards their goals and try new things. Who knows, possibly find a cure to cancer or a new invention.

What is your favorite book, movie, and food?

My favorite book is the Tattooist of Auschwitz. I really like the movie Dirty Dancing. My favorite food is ice cream.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

To fly so, I can see the world and travel.

Tell me about one big life goal you have.

To be successful and possibly change one person’s life for the good.

What were some of your favorite experiences during your internship?

Shadowing Ambulatory Care and Rehab.

Would you recommend others apply for the internship at Tri-County Health Care?

Yes, try it. It was such an amazing experience with great people, and this expanded my horizons a ton.

 

Alexander Templin

2022 summer interns: Part two

Alexander Templin

Plans after graduation?

I do have a few in mind. I’m currently looking into marketing, business management, and comp science, but none of those are set in stone.

Why did you apply for the internship?

To see all the inner workings that go into patient care and see if any jobs would spark an interest.

What do you like to do for fun?

Hang out with friends, lift weights, learn things, and many more.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Give equal opportunity to all people.

What is your favorite book, movie, and food?

The Percy Jackson series, Spaceballs, steak.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

Superspeed, because not only can you get places fast, but you can do things you don’t want to do fast and have more time for things you want to do. For example, you could be done with work in like 20 minutes and then have more time to hang out with family.

Tell me about one big life goal you have.

To make a positive impact in many people’s lives.

What were some of your favorite experiences during your internship?

Getting to meet all the amazing people that make everything happen and see so many cool things most people don’t get to see.

Would you recommend others apply for the internship at Tri-County Health Care?

Yes, if you’re interested in the medical field at all, this is a great way to expand your horizons or find something that’s calling your name.

Thanks for reading 2022 summer interns: part two! For more information about internships and openings at Tri-County Health Care, please visit our careers page.


2022 Summer interns: Part one

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The 2022 summer interns recently made their way through the halls of Tri-County Health Care. They learned valuable lessons about the medical field and the numerous departments that work in tandem to create a place for healing. We want to introduce the first set of 2022 summer interns. Please take this opportunity to get to know their faces. You might see them at Tri-County Health Care in the years to come!

Cally Robertson

2022 summer interns

Cally Robertson

Brainerd High School

Plans after graduation?

Go to college, go Pre-Med.

Why did you apply for the internship?

I knew I wanted to enter the medical field, but I wasn’t sure where. This internship intrigued me because it would help me decide.

What do you like to do for fun?

Read, swim, run, play soccer, and nordic ski.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

I would change the world so that everyone has equal opportunities.

What is your favorite book, movie, and food?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Wonder Woman, and avocado toast.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

The ability to fly. I think it would be so cool to have no limits above you.

Tell me about one big life goal you have.

I want to become a surgeon.

What were some of your favorite experiences during your internship?

I loved watching surgery and hanging out with other people my age interested in the medical field. I also loved learning about the lab and finding something new that interested me.

Would you recommend others apply for the internship at Tri-County Health Care?

Yes! This internship helped solidify my decision to go into the medical field as my profession. It also helped to narrow down where in the medical field I would like to choose to pursue.

 

Ava Eckhoff

2022 Summer Interns

Ava Eckhoff

Henning Public School

Plans after graduation?

I plan on getting my Bachelors in Nursing. I do not have a college in mind yet.

Why did you apply for the internship?

I found this opportunity through my school; my sister has also gone through this program.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing basketball, and hanging out by the lake.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

If I could change one thing about the world, I would have people on Earth treating it better.

What is your favorite book, movie, and food?

My favorite book is Where the crawdads sing; my favorite movie is How to lose a guy in 10 days; my favorite food is chicken nuggets.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

If I could have one superpower, I would choose the ability to fly because I could go anywhere I wanted.

Tell me about one big life goal you have.

One big goal that I have is graduating from college.

What were some of your favorite experiences during your internship?

My favorite experiences would have to be experiencing surgery, getting to follow different doctors around, and meeting lots of new people.

Would you recommend others apply for the internship at Tri-County Health Care?

Yes! 100%, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future, but this opportunity has shown me a few careers that I can see myself doing in the future.


TCHC interns: a summer well spent

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Each summer, Tri-County Health Care participates in the Summer Health Care Internship Program (SHCIP), opening its doors to local high school interns who have an interest in the healthcare field.

The goal of the program, which is managed by the Minnesota Hospital Association, is to provide students a chance to work in a healthcare setting and give them exposure to a variety of opportunities and medical environments, including learning how each department directly or indirectly impacts one another. The MHA provides a grant to TCHC that allows 10 students to join the program as paid interns.

From June through the end of July, students had the opportunity to visit and shadow numerous departments including rehab, IT, clinic and hospital nursing, social services, EMS, emergency department, marketing, lab, and much more.

At the end of their internship, nine students stated they wanted to remain in healthcare and pursue positions including radiology, pharmacy and nursing. This experience also helped another individual confirm her desire to work with animals in a health-related field. Another student is already preparing to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after high school.

 

Starting this fall, TCHC will offer another opportunity for high schoolers to take part in the healthcare setting with VolunTeen. This program allows teens to give a helping hand to patients, visitors and staff of TCHC. To apply for VolunTeen, visit our Careers page and click on Shadow/Intern Opportunities.

 

This year’s interns included:

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Abigail Eckhoff – Henning High School

Taydin Holmer – Sebeka High School

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Michaela Roemmich – WDC High School

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Madison Bullock – Sebeka High School

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Lexi Pierce – WDC High School

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Hailey Wiederich – WDC High School

Blake Wallevand – Henning High School

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Autumn Grasswick – Henning High School

Megan McKnight – Bertha-Hewitt High School

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Margaret (Maggie) Carlson – WDC High School

 

 

 

 

 


Keeping it in the family

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By Jessica Sly, Communications Specialist

 

Andee Finn grew up hearing her mother talk about her job as a nurse, which nurtured her desire to work in medicine and help people. Her natural math and science skills helped her succeed in a complex field that constantly changes.

Andee graduated high school in 2012 and undergraduate school in 2016. After a gap year, she started medical school last fall at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Medical School. She plans to graduate in 2021 and begin residency in her chosen specialty.

Andee Finn, SIM intern at TCHC.“I haven’t officially decided,” she said. “More than likely, it will be internal medicine. I’m also interested in emergency medicine and surgery. Those are my three options.”

In July, Andee spent two weeks at Tri-County Health Care as part of the Summer Internship in Medicine (SIM) program. SIM gives U of M medical students exposure to and experience in rural medicine. Andee is thankful that Tri-County agrees to host SIM students. “Most of us will do internships in the Cities, so we don’t get a chance to go to small towns and see what community medicine is like.”

At Tri-County, Andee shadowed providers and various departments at the hospital and Wadena, Verndale and Ottertail clinics so that she could get a taste of rural medicine and see how it differs from urban medicine.

“A lot of the providers (in rural medicine) have broadened their skills and are comfortable doing many things,” she said. “In the Twin Cities, they will refer out because they are readily available.

“I was impressed by how Tri-County was within the community, and the community appreciates that. People trust their providers. People appreciate the relationship they have with their providers. It’s cool to see that.”

 

Unearthing family history

Unbeknownst to Andee when she accepted the internship, her family has a long history with Tri-County. For one thing, everyone in her immediate family – excluding her – was born at Tri-County.

“They joke I was the city kid out of the family,” she said.

Andee and her parents.

But the connection goes much deeper than that.

While putting herself through nursing school in the 1980s, Andee’s mom worked as a nurse’s aide at Tri-County, kick-starting her 36-year nursing career.

“She grew up in Verndale. To her, Wadena was the big town. They did everything,” Andee said. “She learned great medicine there.”

Around the same time that Andee’s mom started her nursing career, her dad worked for Johnson Construction and took on a project at Tri-County, which included the north end remodel and the addition of the emergency department, including the building of the helicopter pad.

And for the last couple of years, her grandma, Barb, has served as a volunteer for Tri-County, enjoying her time giving back to the community in whatever way she can.

“I thought it was pretty funny finding out these little extra details,” Andee said. “For me, it really enforced the community aspect of the hospital and clinic. It’s a really welcoming community place that has touched many people’s families like it’s touched mine.”

 

A lasting impression

Andee and her grandparents, who are part of her family.

Andee and her grandparents.

Andee is aware that she’s chosen a difficult specialty with a long road ahead, but her experience at Tri-County has strengthened her love of health care and encouraged her to stay the course.

“The first year of medical school is really hard. There’s a lot of bookwork, not much clinical experience or interaction with patients,” she said. “(The internship) was a good reminder of why I’m working so hard and studying so hard. Every day, I was excited to get up and go to a clinic. Since I’ve been home, I’ve talked nonstop about the experience and providers I worked with. It reinforced why I’m doing this.

“It’s not for the faint of heart,” she added. “There are a lot of long hours, but at the end of the road, you will have the chance to help someone and affect someone’s life.”

Andee noted that she felt incredibly welcomed by the providers, staff and patients. She values the small, intimate setting and life-changing conversations she experienced.

“I really want to thank everyone for welcoming me,” she said. “I appreciate how much people put their trust in me and how encouraging they are and I am so thankful for how I was treated.”