South Hills Community News Release
Geisinger Health Systems Business Supervisor and South Hills alumna, Lori Eckley, gave the students a behind-the-scenes look at their medical records system and gave insights into the day-to-day duties that the students can expect to perform once they graduate. Eckley also talked about the team environment at Geisinger and gave examples of how physicians, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff members all work together to provide patient care.
Abby Menna, Clinic Supervisor for both the Scenery Park and Gray’s Woods facilities, and Ryan Ketner, Clinical Team Leader, taught students about Geisinger’s history and discussed the organization’s mission to be a leader in the ever-changing field healthcare. The students also learned about job opportunities at Geisinger and got information about the hiring and interviewing processes.
Ellen Spinelli, South Hills Career Services Coordinator, added, “As a career school, we feel it’s important to offer tour opportunities to our students to give them exposure to the kinds of businesses and employment opportunities that exist in our area. They also get a chance to meet and learn from professionals already working in the field.”
Kay Strigle, HIT Program Coordinator said, “The tour provided our first- and second-year students with a great opportunity to learn about Geisinger and their medical records systems and the important role HIT professionals play within healthcare organizations. Our goal is to help our students get a realistic view of the jobs they can apply for once they’ve completed their education.”
Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.
The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.
Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.
Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.
Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.
Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.
She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.
Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.