TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Community leaders saw what it’s like to be a health care worker at Stormont Vail Hospital on Wednesday.
It’s part of their 'Day in the Life' program where they are given a behind the scenes tour of Stormont Vail's Emergency and Trauma Center as well as their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“It takes a lot to do what they do," said participant Katie Beach who works in community development for Azure Credit Union.
Beach and other participants were able to see things like a simulated birth and how a newborn baby is cared for afterward. They were even able to see real medical procedures like a heart surgery, all while protecting patients’ privacy.
President and CEO of Stormont Vail Health Rob Kenagy says it’s a great way to create understanding in the community.
"We are a community asset, owned by the community, governed by the community, all that we do is for our community, our region, so we think it’s just an opportunity to keep people engaged,” Kenagy explained.
So hopefully a new appreciation can be had for others like Beach experienced.
"What these people go through, it’s not just a simple show up to your job, because you don't know what you are going to be doing that day and anything can happen,” Beach said.
Stormont Vail Health offers the 'Day in the Life' program for free once a quarter.