HAN member MetroHealth created the country’s first high school in a hospital, Lincoln-West School of Science and Health, three years ago in Cleveland. In addition to offering regular high school courses, students learn about the health care sector and how to become nurses and doctors. The students come from low income families, and one third of them speak English as a second language.
MetroHealth also gives students hands-on experience through its internship program in various departments across the hospital, including but not limited to nursing, radiology, orthopedics, safety and security, patient experience, and physical therapy.
The schooling and internships help students see how they and healthcare can impact in their communities. The program also helps address health equity and diversify the healthcare workforce. The school’s first class graduated this year and 100 percent of the students were accepted into college.