Project SEARCH: Fairview Lakes Medical Center

Fairview Lakes Medical Center is located in Wyoming, Minnesota and provides top quality primary and specialty care to the area northeast of the Twin Cities. The Fairview Lakes departments providing Project SEARCH internship opportunities are Environmental Service, Facilities, Human Resources, In-Patient Pharmacy, Nutrition Services, Security, and Supply Chain.

As a tool for learning and support, each intern and instructor/job coach is provided with an iPod Touch. When using the Message or FaceTime apps, the iPods enable direct assistive communication with the interns during the workday. In addition, all iPods include apps designed to assist in the completion of job tasks by providing visual and/or spoken instructions.

Six interns acquired competitive employment skills by participating in the following internships:

Housekeeping #1 (Environmental Services)

  • Mop, vacuum and wipe surfaces in assigned areas
  • Clean assigned restrooms
  • Empty trash bins
  • Sweep/mop stairwells
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File Clerk and Clerical (Human Resources)

  • Scan, print and organize various documents
  • File invoices
  • Complete clerical projects as assigned by facilities supervisor
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Nutrition Intern #1 (Nutrition)

  • Wash/scrub pots and pans and run through sanitizer
  • Place dishes on drying rack
  • Empty garbage
  • Wipe café tables/chairs and counters
  • Cleaning as assigned by nutrition supervisor
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Nutrition Intern #2 (Nutrition)

  • Replenish patient breakfast tray items
  • Make café and stock sandwiches
  • Assist baker and cook as needed
  • Replenish cafe supplies and keep various food items stocked
  • Deli prep tasks
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Security Assistant (Security)

  • Grant, update and document security access
  • Create security badges
  • Maintain lost and found
  • Answer phone and address in-person inquiries
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Storekeeper (Supply Chain)

  • Restock medical supplies in assigned areas (omnicells—automated dispensing cabinets)
  • Perform a monthly inventory on assigned omnicells and remove expired stock
  • Stock and organize Supply Chain stock room, assist mail clerk, and make deliveries
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Facilities Assistant (Facilities)

  • Monitor and replenish oxygen tanks daily
  • Replenish spill stations weekly
  • Sweep medical center entrances (winter)
  • Assigned grounds keeping tasks: raking, weeding, mowing, etc. (fall and spring)
  • Tasks as assigned by the facilities supervisor or bio-med supervisor
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Pharmacy Technician Assistant (In-Patient Pharmacy)

  • Stock pharmacy shelves and medicine dispensaries (under supervision)
  • Monitor and remove expired pharmacy stock
  • Pull, package and label in-hospital pharmacy orders
  • Assist pharmacy technician in the infusion room
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