Whidbey Examiner


Health 101: Coupeville students get lesson from WGH

By MEGAN HANSEN Whidbey Examiner Co-Editor
March 14, 2013 · 4:53 PM

A Crew from Airlift Northwest flew in especially to meet with the class. Students learned that people are airlifted from the hospital for a variety of reasons and not just when a major accident occurs. / Megan Hansen photos

It was an especially fun day last week for one Coupeville Elementary School class.

Patsi Waller’s fourth grade class spent last Wednesday morning learning the ins and outs of Whidbey General Hospital.

The tour came about as a way to educate the students about what the hospital does.

It was also about making it less scary in the instance a child may need to come to the hospital, said Michele Renninger, community outreach coordinator for the hospital.

One of Renninger’s main jobs , she said, is to educate the public that the hospital isn’t just a place to go when you’re sick, but rather a place to go to stay healthy.

While the tour wasn’t built into her curriculum, Waller said her students will utilize the experience in a variety of ways in the classroom including writing lessons and projects.

During the tour, students got to see an Airlift Northwest helicopter, visit the emergency room to experience some first-aid and see x-rays in diagnostic imaging. In each department the students learned what types of tests or procedures were conducted there and why people would visit that portion of the hospital.


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