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Coliseum Health System

Anyone watching the news knows healthcare is an ever-growing industry. So we head down to Macon to visit one of the area’s largest employers: Coliseum Health System, where we learn that you don’t have to be a doctor to be one of their 1,300+ employees! In fact, sometimes a high school education and a certificate or two are all you need to find a great job. On a different "note," we have a sing-along, hear an extremely moving story, and enjoy one of our weirdest Teachable Moments ever!

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  • Support Materials


    1. Why is urine tested? What kinds of things can a urine test detect?

    2. Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Explain why this is so.

    3. Choose one of the following medical professions: registered nurse, certified nursing assistant, orthopedic surgeon, physical therapist, dietician, monitor technician, or occupational therapist. Then conduct research to determine what the job entails, the level of education required, and average salary.



    Orthopedic: used in the treatment of illnesses and injuries that affect bones and muscles

    RN: (registered nurse) a nurse who has more training and experience than a licensed practical nurse and who has passed a special exam

    Phlebotomy: the process of making an incision in a vein with a needle

    Dietician: a person whose job is to give people advice about what to eat in order to be healthy

    Ultrasound: a method of producing images of the inside of the body by using a machine that produces sound waves which are too high to be heard

    CNA: (certified nursing assistant) helps patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse

    EKG: (electrocardiogram) a printed recording of the heart's electrical activity made by a special machine

    Infection: a disease caused by germs that enter the body

Special Thanks

Jan Beeland, City of Macon

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