Mountain States Health Alliance President and CEO Dennis Vonderfecht, right, examines a scale model hospital created by Betty Brennan’s medical therapeutics class at Volunteer High School Wednesday. Photo by Jeff Bobo.
CHURCH HILL — Medical therapeutics students at Volunteer High School recently constructed a four-story scale model hospital complete with miniature versions of each type of service and department that a typical hospital contains.
On Wednesday, a special guest visited the class to offer students advice on where the best jobs will be in the real thing.
Mountain States Health Alliance President and CEO Dennis Vonderfecht visited Betty Brennan’s medical therapeutics class Wednesday afternoon to discuss his life in health care, as well as which health care jobs will offer the best career prospects for graduating seniors.
Since coming to the Johnson City Medical Center as CEO in 1990 Vonderfecht has seen MSHA grow from one facility to 14 hospitals in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Vonderfecht told students that the health care industry is currently in about the third year of what is projected to be a 25-year bubble of economic growth due to the aging and impending declining health of the “Baby Boomer” generation.Read more in the Thursday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.