News release

10/6/2017 12:00:00 AM EASTERN
Updated: 10/6/2017 3:58:17 PM EASTERN
For more information, contact Laura Shea.
Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center to Host First Annual Health Careers Day Fair for Local Students

As part of Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s recruitment campaign, and its relationship building project with local high school students interested in careers in healthcare, we are happy to announce that we will be hosting our first annual Healthcare Careers Awareness Day.  The event will be at Ogdensburg Free Academy on Tuesday, October 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Golden Dome.  Tenth graders from Lisbon, Morristown, Heuvelton, and Ogdensburg are invited to attend this interactive and informational career fair. 

Lou-Ann McNally, director of human resources and education at the Medical Center stated, “The objective of the Career Fair is to expose high school students to healthcare careers and local employment opportunities.  The event will help us to increase our local talent pool to fill vacant healthcare positions, and retain engaged, productive workers in our community.”  She continued, “Some objectives of the event will be to build interest and awareness of both clinical and non-clinical healthcare careers, provide direction and advertisement for recommended college and trade school programs, and create a pipeline of future healthcare professionals.” 

The highlight of the event will be the Medical Center’s new da Vinci robot where students will be able to get a first-hand experience operating the robot, and an opportunity to name it through a contest.  The winning student gets a one-on-one meet and greet with our robotic surgeons, Dr. Michael Oakley and Dr. Noah Zuker, and the da Vinci robot at the Medical Center at a later date.  Later that evening at 6:00 p.m. there will be a community event featuring the da Vinci robot at the Golden Dome, and the public is welcome to attend and test out the new robot.

Additionally, at the Career Fair, students will round through multiple interactive and informational stations, allowing them to participate in hands-on learning about that particular career path, what its educational and academic requirements are, average pay scale, and job summary.  Claxton-Hepburn staff will be on hand at each station to present information and answer questions.

“It has been a pleasure working with Claxton-Hepburn in setting up our First Annual Health Fair!,” stated Cynthia Tuttle, OFA high school principal. She continued, “Mrs. VanTassel and Mr. Christy have extended their assistance to promote the field of Health Education for Career and College.  As well, Mr. Ladouceur and Mr. McCarthy are commended for their help in the set up and technological assistance.”

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has a long history of building bridges with the local youth through school partnerships at all levels.  From its inception of the School Partnership Program in the early 1990’s to the current classroom visits, after-school program presentations, Medical Center tours and departmental presentations, and Let’s Not Meet by Accident drills, Claxton-Hepburn stands behind its firm commitment to defending your tomorrow by working with today’s youth.  For more information about careers at Claxton-Hepburn visit us at