News and Information

July 25, 2011

Franciscan Program Gives Youths ‘Health Adventures’

Nearly 100 students from public and private schools in Pierce and King counties are participating this month in Franciscan Health Adventures, a fun and interactive program that introduces boys and girls to a variety of career possibilities in health care.

This popular summer program is designed for students who will enter the ninth grade this fall. It encourages them to begin focusing on a career and to learn whether health care might be a good fit for them.

Participants in Health Adventures learn about a spectrum of health care jobs, including those in nursing, pharmacy and general medicine. Students meet nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals and take part in hands-on activities that show them what it’s like to work in a health care setting. The program also helps youths to understand the connection between classroom learning and skills needed in the workplace.

During the week of July 11, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor and St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way hosted the Health Adventures participants. Students will be at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood during the week of July 25.

Those enrolled in Franciscan Health Adventures this summer are from the Bethel School District; Clover Park School District; Eatonville School District; Federal Way School District; Frankin Pierce School District; Puyallup School District; Steilacoom School District; Sumner School District; Tacoma School District; University Place School District; and seven local private schools. Additionally, four students are home-schooled.

For more information about Health Adventures or to enroll in future programs, contact Sheri Bebbington at 253-426-6785 or by e-mail at

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