Before family, friends and supporters, 13 area high school students graduated from the New Vision program recently during a packed ceremony held in the Redfield Board Room at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. The New Vision program is an opportunity for high school students to gain a unique perspective into the many careers available in healthcare by working along side Adirondack Health staff throughout several departments. Following opening remarks from Adirondack Health President & CEO Chandler Ralph and Program Instructor Alison Riley-Clark, there was a presentation of graduation certificates and scholarships to students. The Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association presented $1,000 scholarships to Craig Leahy, Regan Kieffer, Jasmine Keese, Haley Brandes, and Kaelene Johnson, Erin Ryan, Jennifer McGuoirk, Vashti McCormick and Brittany Burdt. The Health Association is over 110 years old, and currently offers a visiting nurse program, covers the cost associated with providing a dental hygienist to the Saranac Lake School District, facilitates care and payment for special medical or dental needs, provides financial assistance for hearing aids, and loans medical equipment to people in need. Rachel Hannon, a Child Life Specialist at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and 2005 graduate of the New Vision Program at Adirondack Health, provided the closing remarks and words of inspiration to the New Vision graduates.
New Vision is a division of the Adirondack Educational Center and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services Sole Supervisory District of Franklin, Essex and Hamilton Counties (BOCES). For more information, contact Alison Riley-Clark at 897-2207.