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Ridgewood students get a glimpse of career option at Valley Hospital


OCTOBER 29, 2015    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2015, 10:04 AM

Last week marked the beginning of the 10th year of the Ridgewood Academy for Health Professions (RAHP) program.

During the kickoff on Tuesday, 36 Ridgewood High School sophomores took a tour of Valley Hospital in order to get an idea of what goes on behind the scenes, and of what kind of work they would like to pursue as part of RAHP.

“This is their first exposure to RAHP,” said Maureen Curran, manager of media relations and communications at the hospital. “This shows them all of the different aspects of the program, which lets them choose what they want to continue with.”

The program takes RHS students interested in working in medical professions and gives them firsthand experience in that field.

“It definitely looks good on their college applications,” said Sandra Kunzle, the RHS liaison to RAHP. She added that the majority of RAHP students pursue degrees in pre-med or other healthcare-related fields.

RAHP was created in 2005 by Peter Diestel, executive vice president of Valley Hospital; Sheila Brogan of the Board of Education; and Bob Hutton, a former Board of Education member.

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