Northside Partners with U.S. Navy Surgeon General for high school STEM education

Posted on: November 09, 2015


Northside Hospital hosted the U.S. Navy Surgeon General Vice Admiral Matthew Nathan on Wednesday, Oct. 28 as part of the hospital’s Healthcare Explorers program for high school students.

Vice Admiral Nathan talked to about 25 local students at Northside Hospital-Forsyth campus about his unanticipated entry into the U.S. Navy. He referred to himself as not the typical Navy poster child, referencing the long hair and beard he had at the time he joined. Vice Admiral Nathan originally joined the Navy to help pay for medical school and decided to stay enrolled.

Vice Admiral Nathan also discussed the Navy’s humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti, as well as the Navy’s global presence as a pioneer for battlefield medicine discoveries, boasting a 97.5 percent survival rate for life-threating injuries, up from about 70 percent in the Vietnam War.

Vice Admiral Nathan visited Atlanta as part of Atlanta Navy Week, a week-long series of engagements designed to showcase Navy involvement and importance in business, education, public service and civilian life.  He spoke to Northside Hospital’s Healthcare Explorers about what their Navy does, how it could benefit their career in medicine and how it serves the American people.

About Healthcare Explorers:
Healthcare Explorers a Northside program that gives sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school a unique opportunity to learn about various careers in the healthcare industry. Explorers is an affiliate program with the Boy Scouts of America and a co-ed career education program. The Explorer program exposes youth to various careers of interest they may consider pursuing in their future. In the Northside Hospital Explorer Program, students gain real life experiences and specialized knowledge in the field of healthcare.

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