In the United States, more than 380,000 cardiac arrests happen each year out of the hospital. Yet, less than 8 percent of the people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive. The Integrated Center for Education is available to provide both on and off-site education to emergency services personnel in La Crosse and surrounding communities.
For more information on our EMS educational services, please call (608) 775-1452 or email ICE@gundersenhealth.org.
High School education
Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC), the Health Science Academy and students from Pine Ridge Reservation and Ho-Chunk Nation are groups who have spent time in the ICE House. While visiting, high school students participated in various simulation exercises in the Cleary-Kumm Simulation and Training Lab. They were able to take part in laparoscopic skills exercises, orthopedic procedures and learned more about human patient simulators through hands-on exercises utilizing one of the many high-fidelity mannequins the ICE House has to offer.
For more information on community activities available at the ICE House, please email ICE@gundersehealth.org or call 608-775-1452.
High School job shadows
As a teaching institution, Gundersen Health System is committed to providing high school students meaningful experiences when inquiring about careers in the healthcare industry.
Scenic Rivers AHEC
Scenic Rivers AHEC (Area Health Education Center) improves access to quality health care by developing community-based health professions training programs and enhancing health education resources across the state.
Program focus includes:
- Enhancing the learning experience for all health professions' students at community-based sites, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary programs, developing cultural competence, and technological support
- Supporting health career recruitment programs in under-served rural and urban areas to assist high school and college students from underrepresented populations prepare for entry into health professions schools
- Supporting faculty mentors and preceptors at community-based training sites with continuing education, technological support, and other services to enhance the practice environment, maximize the ability of health professionals in under-served communities, and provide high quality health care
- Partnering with local organizations in a variety of outreach activities to improve the health of the community
For more information on upcoming student activities and events, visit www.scenicriversahec.org or call (608) 487-4878.
Oglala Lakota students from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the Ho-Chunk students, members of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin, have come to the ICE house to participate in hands-on learning activities and to learn about opportunities in the healthcare field. The students engage in a wide array of programming during the week-long camp delivered collaboratively by Global Partners, La Crosse Area School District, Scenic Rivers AHEC, UW-La Crosse's Community Health Education Program, and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine students.
Health Science Academy
The Health Science Academy (HSA) is a two-year program preparing high school juniors and seniors for education and careers in the health science industry. The HSA provides thematic instruction, career exploration, job shadowing opportunities, clinical experiences, health science labs, mentoring by health professionals and certification opportunities for participating students. Partnered with the La Crosse School District , the Health Science Academy's many partners include; Gundersen Health System, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College, Viterbo University, Scenic Rivers AHEC and many other community champions to provide an in-depth experience in healthcare exploration and investigation for students.
Learn more about the Health Science Academy (HSA) or call (608) 789-7600.
Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link
Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link (CLL) connects businesses and high schools by offering relevant, work-based learning activities for students and educators. The program is currently funded through two grants - the U.S. Department of Labor Youth CareerConnect (YCC) and the state of Iowa Regional Work-Based Intermediary Network. Partners Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, Northeast Iowa Community College, and East Central Intergovernmental Association administer the YCC grant portion of the program.
The CLL program is available to juniors who make a two-year commitment to participate and encourages interest in high-demand career pathways – healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, business/finance, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Advantages to CLL students include: one-on-one meetings with a career coach regarding future education and career plans, job shadowing opportunities, exclusive work-based learning events such as business tours, and optional mentoring and/or internship participation. CLL is in the third year of implementation with 22 northeast Iowa partner high schools and over 700 participating students.
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Teens/high school students can start their volunteer experience at age 14. Students volunteer in a variety of sites, beginning in our mail and flower delivery program. The mail and flower delivery program allows the student to interact with patients, families and staff members, develop interpersonal skills and experience the hospital setting. Other sites are available such as gift shop, clinic information desk greeter/transporter, Imaging, etc. Some sites are age specific due to the nature of the assignment. Anyone interested in volunteering please contact. To become a volunteer is a two-step process, first set up a pre-interview with Karol Fox, program coordinator, to discuss volunteer options, the students' availability and timeframe. The second step is to attend Gundersen Health System's orientation, which is offered one time per month on a Monday.
Additional information regarding volunteering can be found at Volunteer Services or by calling Karol Fox at (608) 775-6755.