Southeast Student Explores Healthcare Management Field at Perry County Memorial Hospital

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Lauren Goehring

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., August 25, 2015 – Lauren Goehring of Cape Girardeau was given a chance to see the other side of the emergency room while interning at the Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) this summer.

Lauren took the opportunity to get an up-close look at all the inner workings that go into operating a hospital. While there, she took part in a rotation that took her to every work station in the hospital. From day to day, she would work with management in a variety of areas, while her main duty was to help with the marketing campaign of the hospital.

Perry County Memorial Hospital provides medical services to the Perryville, Missouri, region and the surrounding areas. This gave Lauren the opportunity to see a wide variety of patients and tasks while she fulfilled the requirements for the internship.

A business major at Southeast Missouri State University, Lauren said she feels that her time at the hospital helped prepare her for her future career. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in management.

“I was able to get a good handle on a real business setting while being able to put the skills I learned at Southeast to work for me,” Lauren says.

She learned about the internship while a Student Ambassador at the Power of Women luncheon on campus last spring. While attending, she was seated next to Jennifer Janet, a Perry County Memorial Hospital board member. Lauren’s professional demeanor and tact impressed Jennifer, who later talked to the hospital’s vice president to see if an internship was still available. To Lauren’s surprise, she was invited to an interview and later was offered the summer internship.

The opportunity presented itself through Lauren’s participation in the Southeast Missouri State chapter of Little Black Book: Women in Business organization. The primary objective of Little Black Book: Women in Business is to develop and cultivate long-lasting beneficial relationships for a diverse group of leading women. Like the parent organization states, “rather than collect contacts, our goal is to make connections.”

She says she enjoyed every minute of the internship and takes with her many fond memories.

“My favorite memory would be the time I was able to sit in and see a C-section up close. While it was a little different, it was an amazing experience to witness. To see the difference made in the lives of the people that came there was life changing,” she says.

PCMH’s motto “People Care More Here” embodies Lauren’s spirit.

In addition to the internship, Lauren has completed a study abroad program where she studied in London, Gibraltar, Spain and Morocco.

Eventually Lauren hopes to earn an MBA. When finished, she would like to live and work in St. Louis in the corporate offices of Nabisco, Anheuser Busch or Ralston Purina. However, she says a career in healthcare management is not out of the question because of her time in the field this summer. Until then, Lauren is completing her final semester at Southeast this fall with the assistance of a scholarship she was awarded at the conclusion of her internship by Perry County Memorial Hospital.