Apr 1, 2015

Youth Congress Leadership Visits Los Robles Medical Center East Campus

On March 18, 2015, the Youth Congress Leadership Program visited Los Robles Medical Center East Campus. The members first met with Kimberly Hebert and were taken to several different departments in which they had the opportunity to speak with various health professionals. These included the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Departments.
Next, the students were introduced to Christy Badamyan, the activities director at the East Campus. Badamyan explained her role at the rehabilitation center, including how she came to choose the profession and why she loves what she does.

“It’s [about] uplifting someone so they can go home and thrive,” Badamyan said.

Among other reasons, Badamyan felt that she needed human interaction in her daily life and felt that using her social skills to help others recover would fit her well. Badamyan told the students about her once reserved personality and decision to pursue music in college. She explained how it often takes time and sometimes multiple jobs to find the right profession. 

The students were then given a lecture by Cami, a pharmacist at Los Robles Hospital East Campus. From a completely different department than Badamyan and therefore a slightly different work environment, Cami explained her day to day duties. She expounded upon her love for her job, giving credit to the individuals she worked with. As a pharmacist, Cami explained how most of her interaction was with doctors, though she wishes she could have more interactions with the patients within her building.

Towards the end, Hebert performed a quick demonstration involving some of the medical equipment used within the rehabilitation center. Hebert noted that using the cool, expensive equipment is one of the highlights of her job.

The meeting concluded with a presentation by Los Robles Hospital East Campus head volunteer, Marcia Sands, and volunteer director, Irene Brennick. The students were given a general overview of the volunteer program and applications were passed out to those who were interested. Brennick emphasized the dedication necessary to be accepted into the 900 person volunteer program as there currently is a one year waiting list. Many Youth Congress Leadership Program participants voiced their interest in taking part in the program.

Story by Christopher Lee

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