Bergen County High Schools Rewarded for Seatbelt Usage in 2015

July 2, 2015 04:45 PM
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Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the 12thannual spring High School Traffic Safety Challenge, in which 19 schools in Bergen County participated.
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The Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention Section of the Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC recently hosted the 12thAnnual Spring “High School Traffic Safety Challenge” seatbelt program awards ceremony. Student representatives and teachers from 19 Bergen County high schools attended the ceremony. This program was developed by the Drive Smart Foundation and funded with a grant from State Farm.

“The leading cause of death of people under the age of 44 is trauma and the number one cause of trauma is motor vehicle crashes,” said John LoCurto, M.D., Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention at HackensackUMC. “Every hour, one child under the age of 21 is killed by a drunk driver and every 35 minutes an adult dies because of a drunk driver.  The students taking part in the High School Traffic Safety Challenge are helping to stop this threat and are making our roads safer. I thank them for their commitment to injury prevention.”

“Every year, we see an improvement in seatbelt usage, which means students understand the importance of wearing seatbelts,” said Meliam Gonzales, RN, trauma prevention coordinator and clinical educator at HackensackUMC.  “All of the schools that participated in the Traffic Safety Challengeare winners because they are helping the teens in our community become safer drivers and passengers.”

During the awards ceremony, State Farm representatives presented HackensackUMC with a grant in the amount of $12,000 to continue the High School Traffic Safety Challenge program in Bergen County. The winners of the spring High School Traffic Safety Challenge are as follows:

 100% Driver’s Seatbelt Use

       Bergenfield High School

       Cresskill High School

       Leonia High School

       Immaculate Conception High School, which also won for 100% back seatbelt use

 

  Maintaining 90% or Above Overall Percent of Seatbelt Usage

        Ramapo High School 93%

        Indian Hills High School 96%

        River Dell High School 97%

        Immaculate Heart Academy 97%                      

  Most improved percent of Seatbelt Usage

       Bogota High School had the most improved seatbelt usage with an increase of 20%

   2ndplace tie:

       Cliffside Park High School and New Milford High School each had an increase of 9%

  3rdplace tie:

      Fort Lee High School and Saddle Brook High School each had an increase of 7%      

  Poster Contest Winners

      Bogota High School

      Bergenfield High School

  Video Contest Winners

     Cresskill High School

     Indian Hills High School

The following high schools also participated and were presented with certificates for their continued commitment to trauma prevention and community education:  Dumont High School, Hackensack High School, Lodi High School, Lyndhurst High School, Palisades Park High School and Park Ridge High School.

For more information about trauma prevention, please contact Meliam Gonzales at 551-996-2672 or mgonzales@hackensackUMC.org.

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Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the 12thannual spring High School Traffic Safety Challenge, in which 19 schools in Bergen County participated.  HackensackUMC received a $12,000 grant from State Farm to continue the program. From left to right:   John LoCurto, M.D., Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention, HackensackUMC; Anita DaSilva, State Farm; Meliam Gonzales, RN, trauma prevention coordinator and clinical educator, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention, HackensackUMC;  Cindy Bergen, State Farm; and Jennifer Young, State Farm.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and is proud to be among one of 30 hospitals to have received 10 or more (11) nationally-ranked specialtiesin U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Hospital rankings. One of only five of these hospitals was rated “High Performing” in all categories of Best Hospitals for Common Care in 2015. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and was Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   

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