HCN News & Notes

Baystate Franklin to Host Children’s Health Information Program

GREENFIELD — Representatives of Baystate Franklin Medical Center will be presenting their Blood and Guts program on April 29, from 6:30 to 8 pm at Bernardston  Elementary School, 37 School Road, Bernardston, as part of the hospital’s continuing educational outreach to children and families through Franklin County schools and libraries.  Students, their family and friends are invited to attend this free program. Refreshments will be available.

Blood and Guts is a hands-on science learning experience in which participants visit several stations, each representing a different aspect of health care. Students can look at actual X-rays, touch human bones, test their hand-washing skills, learn about healthy eating, and complete many other fun learning activities.

Blood and Guts has been designed to give students a greater understanding of human anatomy, to lessen their fears about hospitals and health care, and to introduce them to the many career opportunities available in health care. It also encourages students to further explore the science resources available at their public library.

BFMC staff, with assistance from students at two local community colleges, have been running Blood and Guts programs for about thirteen years. Through their “Building Bridges Community Partnerships Program,” Greenfield Community College nursing students help set up exhibits and assist where needed at the various stations. Also helping with the program are radiologic technology students from Holyoke Community College.

“It’s always fun to see how totally involved everyone gets – from the children to their parents, even our own staff,” explained coordinator Beth Palmquist R.T. (R)(CT), clinical instructor for BFMC’s Radiology/Imaging Department. “The parents get right in there with their kids on all the hands-on activities.”

For more information on the Blood and Guts program, contact Beth Palmquist R.T. (R)(CT) at 413-773-2105 or beth.palmquist@baystatehealth.org