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.
Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.
At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.