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Atrium Health Navicent Launches Program to Give High School Students an Opportunity to Learn More About Health Careers

Atrium Health Navicent is accepting applications for a new program which will provide Bibb County high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to shadow health care workers and receive hands-on training for heath careers.

Funded by the Navicent Health Foundation, the Realizing and Encouraging Adolescents to pursue Careers in Healthcare (REACH) program, seeks to provide students with a pathway to pursue careers in health care through a four-week session, averaging 32 hours a week.

In the program, students will shadow a professional in one of the following interest areas: nursing, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, radiology, health care administration, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and general physician.

Daily professional engagement and development activities include medical skills simulation and hands-on training, panel discussions with health care professionals, discussions about how to navigate higher education pathways and financial fitness, educational field trips, engagement with leaders and learning resources, and education about career opportunities at Atrium Health Navicent. Students will receive a $1,500 stipend upon completion of the program and an invitation to attend the REACH program graduation ceremony.

“It’s incredibly important that we inspire the health care workers of the future, fuel their interest and aid in creating a workforce pipeline that will shape our region’s health care for decades to come,” said Gina Keadle, chief human resource officer for Atrium Health’s Georgia region. “We encourage students to apply and get a taste of how rewarding a career in health care can be, and to find out more about education and career opportunities.”

The REACH program is scheduled to start June 24 and last through July 19. Applications will be accepted April 1 through April 22. The student application process includes survey questions and a teacher or school administrator recommendation.

To be eligible for the program, students must:

• Be at least 16 years old at the start of the program

• Have a minimum, unweighted 2.5 GPA

• Have an interest in pursuing a career in health care

• Have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor

• Complete and submit all required application materials by the application deadline

• If selected, must be able to participate and complete the program.

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About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit

About Advocate Health

Advocate Health is the third-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs nearly 155,000 team members across 68 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations and offers one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $6 billion in annual community benefits.