The new hospital-based education program will introduce students from six Brooklyn South  high schools to careers in healthcare

Brooklyn, NY (September 20) — Maimonides Health welcomed 25 students from six Brooklyn South public health high schools as well as Brooklyn South High School Superintendent Michael Prayor, and State Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and launch of a new 5-session HE³AT education program that gives high schoolers an opportunity to explore career pathways in healthcare.

“Maimonides Health has provided young people with the opportunity to gain important skills and invaluable work experience for close to thirty years,” says Ken Gibbs, President and CEO, Maimonides Health. “We are proud to inaugurate the HE³AT program at Maimonides Medical Center and thank Superintendent Prayor for partnering with us. Our hope is that this experience boosts the students in their future careers as they learn the value of working in a hospital that supports their Brooklyn South communities.”

The HE³AT program, whose name stands for Healthcare, Energy, Education, Environment, Agriculture, and Technology, is a site-based, secondary preparation program designed to provide South Brooklyn students with enhanced learning opportunities to explore social, political, technological and economic topics in the fields of healthcare, energy, education, environment, agriculture and technology. Maimonides partnered with the program to give students the opportunity to learn about healthcare careers in a large Brooklyn hospital. Students enrolled in the program will meet at Maimonides once a month, from 8:30 am -2:30 pm for five-sessions to work with hospital professionals to facilitate interactive learning experiences and behind-the-scene tours of various clinical departments.

Brooklyn South high schools largely serve students from economically disadvantaged households, and the program aims to help students develop skills they need to pursue their interests and passions, while also connecting what they learn in school to a wide variety of careers. Students joining the Maimonides-based program are enrolled in Abraham Lincoln High School, the Academy for Conservation and the Environment, Clara Barton High School, John Dewey High School, Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, and New Utrecht High School.


About Maimonides Health

Maimonides Health is Brooklyn’s largest healthcare system, serving over 350,000 patients each year through the system’s 3 hospitals, 2,000+ physicians and more than 80 community-based practices and outpatient centers. The system is anchored by Maimonides Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest independent teaching hospitals and home to centers of excellence in numerous specialties and Maimonides Midwood Community Hospital (formerly New York Community Hospital), a 130-bed adult medical-surgical hospital; and Maimonides Children’s Hospital, Brooklyn’s only children’s hospital and only pediatric trauma center. Maimonides’ clinical programs rank among the best in the country for patient outcomes, including its Heart and Vascular Institute, Neurosciences Institute, Bone and Joint Center, and Cancer Center. Maimonides is an affiliate of Northwell Health and a major clinical training site for SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. For additional information, please visit

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