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Dickinson High School receives medical equipment for medical terminology class

Press Photo by Lisa Miller Lisa Dolezal's Medical Terminology class at DHS received donated medical supplies Monday afternoon from St. Joseph's Hospital.

Dickinson High School got a very special donation Monday afternoon.

Students eagerly awaited a delivery of medical equipment to DHS brought by Dennis Cannon, executive director of marketing for St. Joseph's Hospital and Dennis Zastoupil, lead engineer for St. Joseph's Hospital. The pair rolled in hospital bed, wheelchair and a box full of medical supplies including gauze, syringes, needles, gowns and I.V. equipment.

St. Joseph's Hospital was able to donate the equipment after it became a critical access hospital, limiting it to 25 beds. The hospital hoped it could keep the extra equipment in the Dickinson community. "It was our pleasure to donate the medical equipment, I am glad it is staying in our community," Cannon said.

"I had talked to Dennis a while back about our medical terminology and health career classes at DHS, he said 'if there is anything St. Joseph's can do to help let me know,'" said Lisa Dolezal, registered nurse and medical terminology and health careers instructor at DHS.

After their talk Dolezal began brainstorming situations she would like to present to her class. She then came up with a list of equipment and presented it to Cannon. Cannon asked the hospital administration for the equipment, who approved the donation.

"One good thing about having the equipment is getting to practice with it and decide whether or not it is something you want to do in the future," Hannah Lindley, Dickinson High School student said. "You may take one look at the needle and say this is not for me."

"Having this medical equipment gives us a chance to get a feel for it and practice real life situations," agreed Alex Karie, DHS student.

"Some of the situations the students will be able to practice with the new equipment are patient transfers, proper lifting, how to turn patients, where they can get pressure sores, and how to take vital signs," Dolezal said.

"The classes allow students to explore the medical field and decide what direction they want to take," Dolezal said. "Bringing in guest speakers and going on field trips has led a few of my past students to choose different healthcare occupations in college. Having this equipment and training before college gives them an advantage, so when they are studying not all of it is brand new material, they have a strong foundation to build on."