Eastside looking for ‘volunteen’ applicants

SNELLVILLE — Eastside Medical Center recently completed its summer volunteen program where 22 teenagers learned about the hospital.

This year, the teens learned about several departments, including Joint and Spine, Rehabilitation Services, Day Surgery, Human Resources, Labor & Delivery and Histology, according to a press release. The teens performed support service work during their summer rotation. They also shadowed someone in the field they are interested in for a possibly career.

The program also allowed the teens watch doctors and nurses in surgery and in the Emergency Department, and work alongside healthcare professionals in Radiology, Pharmacy and Biomed Engineering.

From this year’s class, three teens were selected to participate in the annual Council of Auxiliary Volunteers conference held at Pine Eden retreat in Hamilton. Andrea Cirstea, Dina Mengehsa, and Natalie Varkey played a major role in guiding other teenage conference attendees, spokeswoman Pattie Page said.

“It was wonderful to watch Andrea, Dina and Natalie interact with the conference attendees, both adults and teenagers,” said Charla Summers, the leader of the Eastside Medical Center Teen Program.