On Thursday, January 30th 2014, fourteen foreign exchange students from
China visited and toured Montclair Hospital Medical Center as part of
their Educational Resource Development Trust Program (ERDT/enVision).
In 1974 Educational Resource Development Trust was founded by Dr. Roger
Riske with a goal of creating partnerships and increasing awareness in
local communities of health issues, cultural challenges and to encourage
education through exchange programs. Their principle message is to help
enhance every individuals potential and value by nurturing both compassion
and respect for cultural diversities and social challenges.
The SHARE! Division of ERDT offers many different exchange programs to
participants with the opportunity to experience first-hand other cultures,
traditions and ways of life. Montclair Hospital Medical Center had the
privilege of providing tours, hosting and educating fourteen foreign exchange
students and staff from ERDT. The students toured all departments of the
hospital, meeting and interacting with department directors, staff and
physicians. "It's wonderful to be able to expose our culture
to others," says Olivia Casillas with ERDT. "The eagerness to
learn about our culture from this group was overwhelming. That's why
enVision does what we do!" After the tour, the students enjoyed lunch
with the staff of MHMC and recieved goody bags as both a thank you and
a remembrance of their experience. We at MHMC want to thank enVision for
allowing us the privilege of sharing our culture with your group.