Thursday, September 10, 2015

Medical Explorers program expanding to Cox Branson

Kick-off fundraising event set for Oct. 10 at Branson Convention Center

Health care is a fast growing field with countless opportunities. Local students considering a career in health care now have a chance to learn from physicians, nurses, therapists and other medical professionals about what it takes to be a part of this exciting field.

CoxHealth is expanding its Medical Explorers program to the Cox Medical Center Branson campus this fall. Medical Explorers is a program derived from the Boy Scouts that brings a rewarding, non-traditional educational avenue for students, ages of 15-20, trying to decide if a health care career fits into their future by giving students the opportunity to shadow and interact with providers across the field.

The Springfield Medical Explorers Post 229 program was created in 1968 and is one of the oldest programs in the country, serving an average of 250 students each year. Registration for the Cox Branson Medical Explorers program will be open Sept. 14 through Oct. 23. The cost to participate is $77. To learn more, call 269-4157 or visit and search “medical explorers.”

On Oct. 10, CoxHealth, Skaggs Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health will celebrate the expansion of Medical Explorers Post 229 with a kick-off fundraising event at Branson Convention Center. The event will raise scholarship funds for local students in need. The event will feature Cox Branson President William Mahoney, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Executive Director Tim Siebert, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic Department of Orthopedic Surgery Dr. William Wester and Boy Scouts of America Ozarks Trail Council Scout Executive John Feick. 
Current and past Medical Explorers will also speak about their experiences during the event.

To RSVP for the event, contact Victoria Miller at 348-8998.