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 COMMUNITY SERVICE & WELLNESS OUTREACH CONTINUED
BACK TO PLAY
Hoag Orthopedics hosted more than 100 high school students from Huntington Beach and Buena Park in May 2017 in the Allan & Sandy Fainbarg Community Education Center at Hoag Hospital Irvine to showcase a “mock surgery” at a popular event called “Back to Play.” This play featured the medical personnel necessary to help a baseball player recover from an injury.
Following the player’s journey, students were exposed to 11 different health care professions, including an athletic trainer, technologist and performance coach. Hoag Orthopedics partnered with Vital Link, an organization which works with 30,000 kids a year, to introduce students to a variety of health care career possibilities they may not have known existed.
Planning this event would not have been possible without philanthropic support, which allowed Hoag Orthopedics to bring in students, organize the event, provide food for everyone and stage the play. All actors donated their time for this event. At the end of the play, the “actors” revealed they have played themselves in their own positions, creating a real-life moment for students to realize a new possible career. Performers spoke briefly about their jobs, how they arrived at their positions and what their work entails. Due to the success of Back to Play, this event was repeated in November 2017 and in the future will take place semi-annually.
           “[BACK TO PLAY] ALLOWED ME TO SEE THE PURPOSE OF EACH OCCUPATION, HOW THEY WORKED TOGETHER AND WORK ENVIRONMENT.”
PORTOLA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
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