2009-06-12 / School News

Students Get a Backstage Look at St. John's Episcopal Hospital

RWA educator Zakhia Grant and Alicia Calderon, RN, Clinical Director Hemodialysis Center work with students to test the water quality. RWA educator Zakhia Grant and Alicia Calderon, RN, Clinical Director Hemodialysis Center work with students to test the water quality. Students from the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance EnvironMentor program were invited to visit St. John's Episcopal Hospital hemodialysis unit last week to learn more about kidney dialysis. Technical Manager of the Hemodialysis Unit, Armani Rashad welcomed the students and showed them the water purification process used in dialysis. Students learned about the many steps required to maintaining the water system. They took part in a test to evaluate water at its various levels of purification. Rashad also demonstrated the ways in which St. Johns Hospital is making groundbreaking efforts to conserve water.

The students were thrilled to undergo this exploration and the group discussed how dialysis is similar to processes that occur frequently in nature. They discovered similarities in the reverse osmosis process with purifiers found in nature, such as oysters and mussels, with which the students have been working to filter the ocean water.

Armani Rashad, Technical Manager of the Hemodialysis Unit and Penny Chin, Director of Public Relations for SJEH look on as students perform an experiment. Armani Rashad, Technical Manager of the Hemodialysis Unit and Penny Chin, Director of Public Relations for SJEH look on as students perform an experiment. The students will be working with St. John's on future projects to identify ways in which water conservation can benefit both the community and the medical establishment.

Students and their classmates review results of water testing. Students and their classmates review results of water testing.

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