DOVER -- When 2007 Indian Valley High School graduate Kaitlyn Stiles was a high school sophomore, she knew she someday wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and decided to participate in the Union Hospital "UH TECH" program.

The experience opened her eyes to many of the career opportunities in the healthcare field and put her on the path that has led her to a position as a certified physician assistant in family medicine at a practice in Stark County.

"Prior to joining UH TECH, I had no idea all the positions available in healthcare," said Stiles, who received a bachelor's degree in biology from Baldwin Wallace University and a master's degree in physician assistant studies at the University of Mount Union."This program provides unique insight into the healthcare field. I would recommend for all students to attend and keep an open mind because you never know when you will find a new career you are passionate about."

Union Hospital is an outstanding resource available to students in area schools who are considering or are just interested in learning more about careers in healthcare.

The Dover hospital again will offer its annual free "UH TECH" program to high school students. UH TECH stands for "Teens Exploring Careers in Healthcare" and provides students with opportunities to review various careers and hospital programs during several upcoming dates on the hospital campus.

An orientation and introduction for students interested in the program is scheduled Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. Registration is available and can be made by calling Holly Poole at the hospital's Community Relations Department at (330) 364-0884. Parents also are welcome to attend.

The hospital plans to schedule three one-day career exploration programs on Jan. 17, Feb. 14 and March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. During the sessions, students will be able to talk with healthcare professionals and managers employed by Union Hospital, visit hospital work environments and observe staff members performing their duties.