While summer is often a time for vacations and relaxing, one group of youth at Susan B. Allen is spending the summer gaining valuable work experience.

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is taking part in the Youth Employment Project (YEP) by employing five youth this summer. This is part of a program through the Workforce Alliance, providing young adults, ages 16 to 19, with work experience for eight weeks.

The program includes a comprehensive workshop prior to employment focusing on soft skills such as business ethics, employer expectations, customer service, financial literacy and job interview techniques.

SBAMH hired the five youth to primarily perform document scanning duties.

“We are experiencing a space shortage as we add new services and staff, and the scanning and destruction of records frees up valuable space,” said Gay Kimble, Chief Human Resource Officer. “We have received bids from outside companies to perform this scanning, and the cost is astronomical, so we have not engaged a company to perform this service. We saw the YEP as an opportunity to move forward with the scanning project at a very reasonable cost, while also participating in a valuable community project.

“These young adults, overseen by Information Systems staff, started scanning on June 12,” Kimble said. “Progress is already being seen as they are quickly conquering the process of scanning the documents in a crowded storage room that we are excited to utilize for offices.”

Among the youth working at SBA is Brenna Haring of El Dorado.

“My mom works at the Hospital, so she told me about it,” Haring said. “It’s been a good experience.”

Haring plans to go to medical school. She will be a freshman at Cowley County Community College this fall.

Also helping with the scanning is Abigail Edwards, who will be a senior at El Dorado High School.

“I’ve always liked working at the Hospital,” she said. “I have volunteered and I have helped with the flu clinic since it started.”

She said both of her parents work at the Hospital and brought home information about the program.

“I’ve got to meet a lot of new people,” Edwards said. “When I volunteered I was running mail so I only got to know the volunteers. It gives you a better knowledge of the people who work here and the departments in the Hospital.”

She also plans to work at the Hospital again once she gets her CNA license next year.

Preston Meeks, who is a Frederick Remington High School graduate, also is part of the program.

He said he was here on an earlier internship during the school year.

“It’s pretty interesting,” he said.

He said this is a different experience than his previous time at the Hospital when he worked in Materials Management and Administration.

“I think it has given me a great head start in working full-time at the Hospital, which is one of my goals,” he said.

The fourth person helping scan records is Haleigh Trumpp of El Dorado.

She said her mom works at the Dialysis Center and told her about the opportunity.

“It looked interesting working in the Hospital and I needed a second job,” she said. “I just enjoy being here.”

Trumpp is in her second year at Ottawa University, where she is majoring in biology.

In addition to those scanning, Makayla Dashner is working in IS, where she answers phone calls and helps out where needed.

“I thought it would be a good summer job,” she said. “I have learned quite a bit about the different areas of the Hospital.”

She also has learned more about computers.

“I learned how to take apart and put back together a computer and hard drive,” she said.

Dashner will be a freshman at Butler Community College this fall.

“I think having this internship is going to help me because I plan on getting a CNA job here,” she said, explaining that this experience will help her understand how everything functions in the Hospital.

The youth will be working at the Hospital for eight weeks.

Other local businesses participating in YEP include: Butler Community College, Butler County, TrueCare Pharmacy and USD 490.

About Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, general acute care hospital that includes a 24-hour physician staffed emergency department, family birth center, home health agency, dialysis center, cancer center, and a family medical care facility in Augusta.  The Hospital is governed by a local board of citizens, and is accredited by the Joint Commission.