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NMC interns give back

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Interns at Northwest Medical Center in Albany have been gaining experience while helping others with a Community Service Day.

By Amy Gully

The Albany Ledger

Experience is an important key to any job a person wishes to pursue. It is especially important to young people who will be joining the workforce to give back to their community.

Northwest Medical Center was awarded a Grow Your Own Grant that brings awareness of the health field to residents in the area. This year 12 interns where given the opportunity to be involved in the NMC’s Summer Internship Program to gain experience in health related fields such as business and clinical positions. Anyone who was interested in being apart of the program applied by April 15; the interns who were chosen went through an interview process to be accepted into the program.

The Summer Internship Program lasts anywhere form six to eight weeks and exposes interns to the careers they plan pursue. Though the program, it gives interns the opportunity to “come back to rural life and help serve the people who served them,” said Vickie Cline, NMC human resources director. Interns who will be going into the clinical field have the opportunity to interact with patients while training to take vital signs and interns in the business field will gain an understanding of the field they will work in later in life.

“This internship has really helped me experience the business side of a hospital and it will help me to get a job later in life,” said Shaylynn Craig.

The Summer Internship Program is helping to better not only job experience, but gives back to the people who are cared for in the community. Intern Morgan Miller agrees.

“After everything my community has done for me I feel like giving back to them and helping around town is the least that I could do,” Miller said.

NMC interns also participated in a Community Service Day and helped others around the community. This included everyday cleaning, renovations, babysitting and yard work. Their community service helped not only the residents of Albany but also of Stanberry and Maryville.

“Overall, it was a great day and I enjoyed helping people in our community,” said Leslie McCampbell. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity and should be continued on for future interns.”

When the interns returned to the hospital at the end of the day, their supervisor was impressed with their enthusiasm for community service and with their drive to take initiative to do work that was not necessarily assigned. She praised them for their hard work.

“Having a Community Service Day was a great experience,” said Aimee Noble. “Giving back to the community is something that everyone should want to do.”


Chinese students visit Albany

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Barry and Zola Steinman pose with their Chinese guests. Front from left are Jia hoa Shen and Gavin Ellison. Back row from left are Yoa lou Shen, Yany Shen, Barry Steinman, Zola Steinman and Shi lin Sue.

By Amy Gully

The Albany Ledger

Albany residents Barry and Zola Steinman had the pleasure of having six Chinese people accompany them at their home July 7.

The Steinmans are members of the Friends of International Students at the Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Through this program, they “adopt” or host foreign students at Northwest State University. In doing so they introduce these students to what life is like in rural America by showing them different aspects, such as farms that they are not accustom to.

“The reason that we got into Friends of the International Students was the ability to give foreign students the opportunity to know what American rural life is like,” said Zola. “It’s not what you see on TV.”

The student they hosted this year was from China and her name is Leilei Li or Leia for short. Leia came from Changsha in the province of Hunan, which is located south of Beijing. She is currently a student at Northwest working through graduate school.

Leia along with her friend Zhoa qi, a freshmen at Northwest, visited the Steinmans’ house to enjoy a meal and a tour of their farm. Leia also brought typical food from her home country to show Barry and Zola, which included cereal, a snack food made from beans, and another snack that resembled an American fruit roll up. Along with Leia and Zhoa, a Chinese family also joined them: Yany Shen is a friend to Leia and he and his family, mother Shi Lin, father Yoa lou Shen, and younger brother, Jia hoa Shen. Yany Shen and his family were visiting the United States on a 20-day visa.

The Steinman’s said their guests really enjoyed the experience and took pictures of the cows, fields, and gardens because it was a new experience for them. They even took a group photo with the cows in the background. Barry said when he was explaining agriculture to them he said they “were mesmerized that we owned our own land because they cannot own their own land.”

The Steinmans started their first international student program in 1978 through the American Field Service where students came over from a year of school. Throughout their years in the program, the couple had a Panamanian girl and then a boy from Iceland in 1984 while they lived in Salisbury, Mo.

“We skipped many years” without having a student, said Barry. After some time another opportunity made its impression on them. Upon visiting Northwest for several years while watching their daughter Heather sing for the tractor cruise, the Steinmans saw many international students.

A sponsor to the foreign students saw the couple talking with the students and spoke with them about the International Student Program. Not long after signing up, the Steinmans were able to host a student. In 2011, a student from India named Raijhia, who was studying for his master’s in computer science, came to visit the Steinmans. Later in 2012, the Steinmans hosted a boy from South Korea. Now in 2014, they said they’ve had a wonderful time with not just one student but six.

The Stienmans said they thoroughly enjoy being apart of the Friends of International Students and they hope to “give the true meaning of living in the U.S. and that these students can go back home and they can educate their people on the true rural American life.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:26
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