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College and medical students looking to get into the healthcare field have the opportunity to observe professionals and get experience at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The hospital is one of seven hospitals in the state participating in the Rural Healthcare Program, giving students the opportunity to observe and work in rural healthcare before graduation.


Kim Bourne is the President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She says students can see what it’s like to work in rural healthcare in multiple different medical professions.



Bourne says there is a current shortage of physicians and medical professionals in rural areas, and she says it’s not predicted to get better long term. She hopes this program can keep Illinois students at home.



For any interested student, you can get more information or apply for the program by clicking here.


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