Meredith Perettine, a 2014 North Salem High School graduate, thrives on helping people in their time of need. Meredith began her career in the medical field at 16 by volunteering with the North Salem ambulance corps and at Northern Westchester Hospital Center. After being accepted into the nursing program at Northeastern University in Boston she spent a semester in Thessaloniki, Greece, and volunteered at a dental clinic for refugees and indigent people.
Through Northeastern’s co-op program she spent six months working at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless as a wound care technician assisting patients as part of an interdisciplinary team. She spent her second six-month co-op in the emergency department of Beth Israel Deaconesses Hospital, a level one trauma center where she gained experience in advanced life saving techniques including cardiac arrests, motor vehicle accidents, strokes and many any other critical medical conditions.
This March, Meredith will be part of a volunteer team of doctors and nurses going to the Dominican Republic to provide medical services in impoverished areas of the country. She has created a gofundme page to collect donations to purchase medical supplies such as pain relievers, eye drops, bandages, and topical antibiotic ointments that the team will bring to the rural clinics.
Meredith will be graduating as a registered nurse in May of 2020. Her future plans are to become a travel nurse and complete a masters degree as a nurse practitioner so that she can continue to focus on emergency medicine and public health.
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