By Liz Bonis, WKRC
A new program at a local hospital is transforming lives.
Health care providers at Good Samaritan Hospital are part of a unique partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools and bi3, which is an organization that helps fund new innovative programs to change the way we deliver health care.
This one allows students to work in health care while still in high school. Those such as Andy Velasquez say it has been life-changing. His rotation the week Local 12 met him was front and center as you walk into Good Samaritan Hospital.
"It helps me build just confidence with everybody that comes into the hospital, meeting new faces, getting to tell them where to go, seeing their smiles when they hear the good news," Velasquez said.
Michael Jones is the supervisor for School to Work Program who says the real goal for students is to grow, learn how to be accountable, how to have an impact and learn the culture of their job.
For the last two years of their Cincinnati Public high school experiences, students with an interest in the medical field can apply and then can be selected and matched with a mentor, such as Joi Carter, the TriHealth guest services supervisor, as they rotate through departments at the hospital.