November 11, 2014

Mercy Medical Center offers professional shadowing to high school students

Students from four stark county high schools are observing Mercy Medical Center health professionals in a variety of areas this fall as part of Mercy’s SOAR (Shadowing Opportunities Are Rewarding) Shadowing Program.

More than 100 students now shadow Mercy’s health professionals in areas such as nursing; physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy for adults and children; radiology; ultrasound; cardiac diagnostics; sports medicine; emergency medicine; and intensive care.

Last year, more than 80 SOAR students completed 2,134 shadowing hours at the hospital and its satellite sites.  

Stephanie Williams, manager of volunteers at Mercy, said SOAR students are enrolled in health care prep courses at their high schools to learn the hands-on skills they will need to pursue further education.

She added, “As part of these courses, students shadow Mercy staff to see what they do and observe the importance of excellent patient care. Students not only gain career exploration opportunities, they see first-hand how their textbook knowledge is applied in the health care field that cannot be found anywhere else.”

Past SOAR students have expressed appreciation for the shadowing opportunity. Tori Downey, a SOAR participant said, “What I liked best were the one-on-one connections and interactions the staff and I made with the patients. The staff member I shadowed was wonderful and really enjoyed his job. I saw some really cool things and watched patients receive comfort and help.”  

To learn more about SOAR and other volunteer opportunities at Mercy, visit or call 330.489.1106.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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