Approximately 60 children recently learned firsthand what their mothers, fathers and grandparents do at work when Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla hosted a summer day camp.
Hospital Chief Executive Officer Gary Fybel welcomed them, and then they were treated to a show-and-tell by Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder and Rob Sills, who wore their San Diego County Search and Rescue uniforms and brought high-tech equipment.
The campers rotated among presentations on safety, decontamination, security and emergency department activities.
Campers and counselors also got to watch a Mercy Air helicopter land just for them and got a tour of the helicopter from the pilot and crew before having lunch with their parents and grandparents.
They also got to see Volunteer Services Pet Therapy dogs and their handlers and learned about emergency preparedness for their pets from San Diego Humane Society representatives.
In the afternoon, they visited the surgery department and got to see the new DaVinci robot under the close eye of Dr. Brad Silverman.
Dr. John Spinosa took the older group to the clinical and pathology labs, while the younger campers visited the healing garden. Campers also learned how to make “heater meals” in keeping with the emergency preparedness theme.