Hamilton Medical Center is partnering with Dalton Public Schools in a new health care technology pathway. Dalton Middle School students will have the opportunity to take exploratory classes in health care sciences and health care technology.
In support of the program, Hamilton has donated more than 50 pieces of health care technology supplies to equip the classroom.
Heather Sliger, Dalton Middle's health care science technology teacher, said the generous donation helps in providing an authentic experience for the students.
"I'm so grateful for Hamilton's support and willingness to partner with our school," said Sliger, "and I look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship for years to come."
Hamilton associates will continue to support the program by making donations to the classroom twice a year. Rachel Ogle, Hamilton's community outreach manager, serves on the community's Healthcare Advisory Committee.
The Dalton Middle School program is the first piece of a larger partnership between Dalton Public Schools and Hamilton Medical Center, Mercer University College of Medicine and Dalton State College. This grand partnership will allow the district to expand its career pathway offerings for students who are interested in any position within the medical profession.
Morris Innovative High School began the first health care pathway in the district in 2011. The Morris Innovative program provides an introduction to health care careers and allows students to graduate as a certified nursing assistant.