The Morris County Vocational School District honored Chilton Medical Center, a 260-bed hospital in Pompton Plains, as its Business Partner of the Year.
The award is given annually to a county vocational technical school business partner for outstanding contributions to career and technical education. Business partners play a variety of roles, including serving on county vocational technical school program advisory boards, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience, donating equipment, or serving as mentors and role models for students.
The hospital provides allied health students with two- to three-days-per-week internship opportunities, allowing students to work with health care professionals in nearly every hospital department.
Students have the opportunity to shadow, interact with patients, and learn the specifics of what it is like to be a health care professional in a hospital setting,” said Superintendent Scott Moffitt. “Chilton provides mentors to our students and gives them the opportunity to have a voice in their own learning.”
During the first year of the program, students learn about all hospital departments by rotating through the hospital. During the second year of the program, students are able to spend more time in specific departments of their choosing and learn more in-depth the requirements of working in a health care specialty area.
Chilton Medical Center has provided allied health students with training, uniforms and unique opportunities such as riding in an ambulance, touring a helicopter ambulance, and observing surgeries.