Several High Schools in Bergen County Rewarded for Seatbelt Usage

June 17, 2014 10:21 AM
Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the in the 11thannual spring High School Traffic Safety Challenge, in which 20 schools participated.

The Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention Section of the Department of Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center recently hosted the 11thAnnual Spring “High School Traffic Safety Challenge” seatbelt program awards ceremony for student representatives and teachers from 20 Bergen County high schools. This program was developed by the Drive Smart Foundation and funded with a grant from State Farm.

“We are very proud of the high schools that participated in the annual spring Traffic Safety Challenge,” said Meliam Gonzales, RN, trauma prevention coordinator and clinical educator at HackensackUMC.  “Every year, we see improvement in seatbelt usage, which means students understand the importance of wearing a seatbelt and how it saves lives.  They are also learning how dangerous it is to text and drive as evidenced from the entries in the video contest, which is part of the challenge.”

This year’s winning high schools are as follows:

Best Overall Seatbelt Usage

                                Indian Hills High School, Oakland                          &nb​sp;                 

                                Immaculate Heart Academy, Washington Twp    

2ndBest Overall Seatbelt Usage-

                Ramapo High School,Franklin Lakes

Most Improved Seatbelt Usage

                Cliffside Park High School,Cliffside Park

2ndMost Improved Seatbelt Usage

                                Fair Lawn High School,Fair Lawn

                                Fort Lee High School,Fort Lee     

100% Driver Seatbelt Usage

                                LeoniaHigh School, Leonia

                                Immaculate Conception High School, Lodi

                                 Lodi High School, Lodi

                                Palisades Park High School, Palisades Park

                                 Park Ridge High School, Park Ridge

Poster Contest Winners

                                Cresskill HS, Cresskill, NJ

                                Fair Lawn HS, Fair Lawn, NJ

                                Saddle Brook HS, Saddle Brook, NJ

                Video Contest Winners

                                Cresskill HS, Cresskill

                              &nb​sp; Dumont HS, Dumont

                                Leonia HS, Leonia

                                River Dell HS, Oradell

The following high schools also participated and were presented with certificates for their continued commitment to trauma prevention and community education:  Bergenfield High School, Lyndhurst High School, New Milford High School, Don Bosco Preparatory High School and St. Mary’s High School.

For more information about trauma prevention, please contact Meliam Gonzales at 551-996-2672 or


Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the in the 11thannual spring High School Traffic Safety Challenge, in which 20 schools participated.  From left to right: Sanjeev Kaul, M.D., assistant director, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention, HackensackUMC;   Meliam Gonzales, RN, trauma prevention coordinator and clinical educator, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention, HackensackUMC;   Cindy Bergen ,State Farm; Jennifer Young, State Farm; John LoCurto, M.D., chief, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention, HackensackUMC.

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 one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, 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 is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:   




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