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Lancaster General Health has a new crop of Project SEARCH interns. The six students who participated in the program this year, now finishing their last year of high school, attended classes and completed worksite internships throughout Lancaster General Hospital through the innovative program, a partnership between LG Health, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation of the Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13, and the Lancaster County Office of Behavioral Health/Developmental Services. 

Students (l-r) Jelmarys Miranda, Audrianna Gonzalez and Grace Lingenfelter celebrate with Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 teacher Jane Walker and job trainers Connie Phillips, Cheryl Lennon and Janelle Roberts.

The goal of Project SEARCH is to help students with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure competitive employment after graduation.

Developed at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, the model has been replicated at more than 350 medical, business and hospitality venues nationally and internationally. LG Health’s program, which is themed “Reach for the Stars!”, encourages student interns to strive beyond their comfort zone to improve their work skills and increase their ability to gain and retain employment.

In the eight years that LG Health has offered Project SEARCH, participants have been immersed in 25 departments, including the Emergency Department, Food Services, Housekeeping, Laboratory, Sterile Processing, Patient Transport, Laundry, and nursing units within Lancaster General Hospital.

To learn more about Project SEARCH, contact LG Health Volunteer Services at 717-544-5005.

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