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CCMH Donates to CACC Health Occupations, HOSA

April 20, 2023

Carroll County Memorial Hospital donated $12,000 to Carrollton Area Career Center’s Health Occupations class and Carrollton’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) program. From left, Kate Bonderer, CCMH Director of Community Relations; Scott Thoreson, CCMH Chief Executive Officer; M’Lynne Young; Greenlee Albert; Trinity Transure; Heaven Curry; Julius Johnson; Chloe Sturgeon; Anthony Roberts; Kaitlyn O’Dell; Mandy Placke, CACC Health Occupations instructor and HOSA chapter advisor; Bella Ochoa; and Tonya Washam, Director of CACC.

CARROLLTON, Mo. – Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) donated $12,000 to Carrollton Area Career Center’s (CACC) Health Occupations class and CACC’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) program.

“Carroll County is so fortunate to have the Carrollton Area Career Center available to help educate and train area youth for careers that are in high demand,” said Scott Thoreson, CCMH Chief Executive Officer. “As an example, the Missouri Hospital Association’s most recent survey on vacancies and turnover found that the state of Missouri had 8,000 openings for registered nurses. It is imperative that Missouri hospitals team up with their area resources, in our case the HOSA program, to help promote careers that are fulfilling and economically provide for a lifestyle that is desirable.”

“We are so grateful to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for their generous donation to the Health Occupations class and HOSA program,” said Mandy Placke, CACC Health Occupations instructor and HOSA chapter advisor. “Not only are they supportive of the students’ shadowing experiences, but their donation allowed for the purchase of additional equipment for the class lab.”

With the funds, they were able to purchase HOSA Jackets for students attending the state and national competitions, gloves, masks, thermometers, EKG sim model, IV tubing and supplies, phlebotomy supplies, and catheter models and kits.

The donation also made it possible for eight students to attend the State HOSA competition in Rolla March 27-28. There were 952 students and chapter advisors in attendance. Nearly 1,650 competitors participated in the SLC Qualifier through a virtual platform, and top competitors attended onsite. The top three medalists in each of the 68 competitive events held onsite and all qualifiers in five recognition events now have an opportunity to attend the upcoming HOSA International Leadership Conference held in Dallas, Texas June 21-24.

The following CACC HOSA members attended the conference in Rolla: Trinity Transue, Logan Franklin, Greenlee Albert, Carson Tracy, Kimberly Fabian-Garcia, Julius Johnson, Bridget Summers and Anthony Roberts. Students competed in Job Seeking Skills and HOSA Bowl. Bridget Summers took third place and top 5 percent in the state on the Current Healthcare Issues Exam and Kimberly Fabian-Garcia took second place for Job Seeking Skills. They will advance to nationals in Dallas in June.

“Healthcare has definitely felt the impact of the pandemic and it has resulted in workforce shortages,” Placke said. “The World Health Organization predicts a shortfall of 15 million health care workers worldwide in 2030. Now more than ever we need to encourage students with an interest in this area and the passion and commitment to deliver great care. The Health Occupations program at the Career Center lets students explore the Healthcare Path as a possible career and allows them to shadow in the local sites that Carrollton is so fortunate to be able to offer. The generous donation from CCMH allows students to go on trips and network with other students in their career path, utilize the latest equipment and technology, all while receiving the support and encouragement from our local hospital. CCMH is helping our community grow our own through their support of the Health Occupations program and encouraging its continued advancement. ”

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit