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As Labor Day Weekend Approaches, Main Line Health Partners with PennDOT and State and Local Organizations to Bring Attention to Consequences of Impaired Driving

Thursday, August 28, 2014

With the Labor Day Weekend approaching, on August 27, Main Line Health hosted an impaired driving media event in Paoli Hospital’s Emergency Department. Represented at the program were Kris Kaulback, MD, trauma medical director, Paoli Hospital; Betsy Dwyer, Cruisin’ Smart™ coordinator, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Brad Rudolph, safety press officer PennDOT Engineering District 6; Thomas Hogan, Chester County District Attorney’s Office; Officer Matthew Grandizio, West Goshen Township Police Department; Trooper Samantha Minnucci, Pennsylvania State Police and Malcolm Friend, program and fund development manager, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). As part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort, Pennsylvania’s law enforcement will focus on drivers impaired by alcohol as well as drugs on Labor Day by setting up police check points.

According to PennDot, in 2013, there were 1,023 alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania with 369 fatalities in those crashes and 3,267 drug-related crashes statewide resulting in 143 fatalities. In an effort to reduce the number of crash-related deaths in the region, Main Line Health has developed outreach programs including Cruisin’ Smart™, an educational program that uses true-life tragedies to instruct and change attitudes and Paoli and Riddle Hospital’s Mock Crashes, a theatrical program performed on a school’s campus in which a car crash caused by an impaired student driver is staged. Since opening the only Level 2 Trauma Center in Chester County in 2010, Paoli Hospital's trauma team has greatly increased the chances of crash victims being treated within the “golden hour,” a window of opportunity in which rapid medical intervention can save a patient's life.

Photo: (Center) Dr. Kaulback addressed attendees about his experiences with patients and families who have been affected by drunk driving accidents. WPVI-TV6 and CBS Philly captured the event for broadcast.

About MLH

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and the Home Care Network, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and top 20 percent of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

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