South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE, PA – Students of the Administrative Medical Assistant (AMA), Medical Assistant (MA) and Health Information Technology (HIT) specialized associate degree programs from the Altoona Campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology recently participated in a trauma drill at UPMC Altoona.
A trauma drill is a coordinated, supervised activity used to test a specific operation, function, or department in a hospital. Typical drills for hospitals include setting up decontamination, triage, and/or treatment areas and going through the motions of procedures used to treat patients. Hospital disaster exercises like this, particularly ones that simulate large-scale catastrophe scenarios, are one of the best ways to for a hospital to evaluate its emergency management plans, equipment, and systems, as well as test new procedures and give hospital staff an opportunity to practice and perfect their emergency response skills.
The AMA, MA, and HIT students participated in the drill by acting as gunshot victims arriving in the trauma and emergency room departments. Following the completion of the trauma drill, UPMC Altoona hospital staff gave the students tours of the trauma and emergency rooms then granted them access to the roof to view the STAT MedEvac 11 helicopter and its landing area.
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.