Kids Experience Health Care Professions at Miller Children’s Hospital Bring Your Child to Work Day

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Eric Aune, lead radiologic technologist, shows visiting children various MRI and X-ray images  highlighting the work of the Imaging & Radiology Department at at Long Beach Memorial.

Eric Aune, lead radiologic technologist, shows visiting children various MRI and X-ray images
highlighting the work of the Imaging & Radiology Department at at Long Beach Memorial.

Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach recently hosted its 16th Annual “Bring Your Child to Work Day.” With the help of hospital staff and community partners, such as the Long Beach Fire Department and Care Ambulance Service, 200 children of employees at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s — ranging in age from 7 to 17 — participated in hands-on activities designed to teach them about the medical profession and the benefits of helping others.

Dozens of Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s employees led groups of children on guided tours throughout the hospitals. On their tours, the children were able to visit more than 25 different areas of Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s, to learn how each hospital serves patients and their families. Children were able to ask questions about each department they visited and get a hands-on experience in places such as the pediatric rehabilitation gym, where patients learned the importance of using age appropriate rehab equipment.

At lunch time the children were joined by their parents to eat and enjoy activities, such as face painting, cookie decorating, video games and basketball. Rounding out the afternoon was a special performance with live animal trainers who brought reptiles and exotic creatures for the children to get up close and personal with.

Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s have more than 6,000 employees. In an effort to help children understand what their mother or father does at work each day, the Employee Activities Committee organizes this event annually to provide children with the opportunity to shadow their parents and learn about what they do at work every day, as part of the nationwide effort to encourage employees to share job related experience with their children.

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