The St. Francis Medical Explorer Post is a great way for young people to learn more about what it takes to have a career in healthcare. This Medical Explorers Post started in 1986, and is one of the oldest continuously operating medical exploring posts in the country. It’s is a fun, non-traditional educational program for students ages 15-20 trying to decide if a health care career might be in their future.
The St. Francis Medical Explorer Post begins activities each year in September with meetings taking place once each month.
Exploring exists to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship provided by community and business leaders. By working together, these leaders help to equip young people with character, leadership and life skills that can be used both today and in their future careers.
Exploring serves two different age groups, both coed. While Explorer Clubs serve middle schoolers, aged 10-13, in sixth through eighth grades, Explorer Posts – like the one at St. Francis – serve older youth 14-20 years old. The program model is the same for both age groups – hands-on and interactive character and career activities are facilitated by trained leaders in the sponsoring organization.
Want to learn more? Click here to visit the national website on Exploring: http://www.exploring.org/
"Exploring is a great program that helped me associate the concepts I am learning in high school with practical uses in the real world."
- Frank B., Exploring Youth Participant
Meet Matt Hunt RT(R), St. Francis Medical Explorer Post Leader, and Lead Cardiovascular Technologist at St. Francis Hospital. Matt's education includes the Combat Medicine and Radiology program at the AMEDD Center and School (US Army 1998-2000). He's also currently studying healthcare administration at Kaplan University.
“I am a 37 year old father of four. I have been fortunate enough to marry my favorite person and best friend, Paige. She and I have been together since 2006 and married since 2009. Those five people are my reasons plan and simple. I have had the honor to serve my country for 11 years of my life (in uniform), I still serve it today. I just don’t have to shave. God, family and country.
"I have been with St. Francis a total of 10 years this August. I graduated from Radiology school in the US Army in 2000 and have been in healthcare ever since. I have spent almost 15 of those 17 years in the Cardiac Cath Lab. Uncle Sam deployed me here to Georgia in 2006 where I spent a short time as the Radiology department NCO and on-call CT tech but have been in cardiology nearly my entire career.
"I believe strongly in education and in passing it on and that is why I am associated with the Explorers. It doesn’t take much to shift the course of a young person’s life and I would like to do my part in making sure we give our future a fighting chance in making sure they explore their potential.”
February 7, 2017. The 2017 William H. Spurgeon III Award was presented posthumously to the late Rex Milner recognizing his 28 years of service leading the Medical Explorer Post at St. Francis Hospital (SFH). The William H. Spurgeon III Award is the highest National Exploring recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. This was the first time the award was being presented within the Boy Scouts of America Chattahoochee Council which includes 15 counties in Georgia and Alabama, according to Philip Wright, Assistant Scout Executive.
Milner first came to St. Francis as a 17 year-old, starting out as a ward clerk and nursing assistant / orderly in 1975. After completing nursing school at Columbus College, he ventured out but came back to SFH in 1981, serving as a Nursing Supervisor until his untimely death in October of 2015 after a brief battle with cancer.
He started the Medical Explorer Post at SFH in 1986, introducing hundreds of young men and women to healthcare careers during his more than a quarter-century of service. The Post continues meeting to this day under the leadership of Keith Higgins, RN, a nursing supervisor who worked with Milner. Approximately 50-80 young people take part each year.
Milner worked as a RN in the emergency department, ICU and outpatient department. In 1984 he was promoted to nursing supervisor, and he worked both second and third shifts until 1997 when he accepted the position as Director of the Emergency Department. He remained director until 1999 when he returned to his passion, house supervision, the position he enjoyed until his passing.
“Those of us who worked with Rex knew first-hand of his commitment to teaching and helping others,” said Higgins. “He had a great impact on our staff here in addition to impacting young people looking for their place in health care.”
The William H. Spurgeon III Award was developed in 1971 in honor of the man who is regarded as the major leader in the development of special-interest Exploring. Spurgeon, a business executive at the Irvine Company in Southern California, personally organized many special-interest posts in the 1960s. He served for many years as a member of the National Council Executive Board and National Exploring Committee. His pioneering efforts led to the present Exploring program. He devoted much of the late 1960s to promoting Exploring and is particularly remembered as a dynamic speaker for Exploring Impact Plan luncheons across America. Spurgeon passed away in 1970.
About Boy Scouts
The Chattahoochee Council is chartered by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to provide support to local Scouting programs in 15 counties in Alabama and Georgia. Counties served are Lee, Chambers, and Russell in Alabama, and Webster, Quitman, Stewart, Talbot, Marion, Randolph, Heard, Chattahoochee, Meriwether, Harris, Troup, and Muscogee in Georgia. We provide support for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, Exploring, and Learning for Life programs in all 15 counties. More than 5,000 youth are members of these programs, and the programs are utilized by more than 150 local community organizations. www.chattahoochee-bsa.org.