June 22, 2012
WARWICK, R.I.--On Wednesday June 20, the Providence College men's and women's basketball visited Kent Hospital in Warwick R.I. The purpose of the visit was to meet patients, learn about the medical field, observe daily operations of the hospital and discover possible career opportunities for the athletes' futures. Representing the men's basketball team were Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.), Head Coach Ed Cooley, and Assistant Coach Bob Simon.
Women's basketball players, Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.), Alicia Cropper (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, Minn.), Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.), and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.), were present along with Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl, Assistant Coach Dario Hernandez, Director of Basketball Administration Jen Wasson, and Coordinator of Basketball Operations Lynne-Ann Kokoski.
The visit to Kent Hospital was not a typical hospital visit. Kent Hospital's President and Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Coletta, wanted to create a learning experience for the Providence College student-athletes and coaching staff. Coletta created this opportunity for the students to experience a new environment and to learn what working in the hospital is really about.
The athletes and coaches visited numerous areas of the hospital. Everyone was split into different groups in order to get a more in-depth look into each area of the hospital. The first group of student-athletes and coaches visited the Breast Health Center, Diagnostic Imaging, Cardiac Cath Lab, and the Emergency Department. The other half took a look at the Nursery, Labor and Delivery rooms, Surgery rooms, Infusion rooms, and the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center.
In the nursing center they were able to see new born babies. While in the operating room, they were given the opportunity to dress in caps, booties, and face masks. The athletes learned a lot from the experience and had fun doing it.
After visiting different areas of the hospital the student-athletes and coaches gathered in the hospital's conference room. Coletta asked each of the athletes and coaches what they had learned from being at Kent Hospital. Each athlete had an interesting story to tell about their experience.
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