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Main Line Health expands mock crash to system-wide event with State Farm grant

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital April 1, 2016 News Releases

(Bryn Mawr, Pa.) – Main Line Health is the recipient of a $45,000 grant from State Farm Insurance Company to support the System-wide expansion of its mock crash and Cruisin Smart® demonstration programs. Strath Haven High School kicked off the safe driving season Wednesday, March 30 with the first Cruisin Smart® mock crash of 2016, through the State Farm grant.

For nearly 10 years, Main Line Health and State Farm have proudly partnered to present mock crash and Cruisin Smart® demonstrations at local high schools in an effort to raise awareness of the hazards of impaired and distracted driving. Previous grants have supported funding for Paoli, Riddle and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospitals, but this year’s grant will allow the program to expand System-wide to Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr Hospital, as well.

The State Farm grant allows Main Line Health to offer Cruisin Smart® and mock crash demonstrations at nine area high schools in Delaware, Montgomery and Chester counties to raise the awareness among student audiences of the life threatening dangers of impaired and distracted driving. Demonstrations are scheduled to take place at the following schools:

  • April 7 – Villa Maria High School with juniors and seniors from Devon Prep
  • April 13 – Downingtown East High School
  • April 27 – Penncrest High School
  • May 11 – Ridley High School
  • May 25 – Garnet Valley High School
  • June 1 – Henderson High School

Each demonstration includes a mock crash scene. As part of the grant, Bryn Mawr Rehab’s Cruisin Smart® speakers will also travel to 11 area schools to fully engage students in smart driving presentations, emphasizing what the results may be if they do not make a smart choice.

“With prom and graduation season swiftly approaching, we are proud to use this grant to educate young drivers in our region about the extreme danger of distracted and impaired driving,” said Donna Phillips, President, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. “This grant will help deliver an impactful experience that we hope will encourage healthy habits and decision making for teen drivers, ultimately preventing avoidable tragedies from taking place.”

Each mock crash offers students a first-hand perspective of a car crash, caused by an impaired and distracted student driver. Actors, emergency medical services, police and fire companies bring the scene to life for students with crashed cars, stretchers, equipment and the Jaws of Life to convey to young drivers and passengers that driving distracted or impaired can lead to negative outcomes.

“State Farm is proud to partner with Main Line Health in promoting safe driving by exemplifying the consequences of unsafe driving practices,” said Dwayne Redd, Community Field Specialist, State Farm. “It is preventative programs such as these that help to make the roads of the Delaware Valley a safer place to drive.”

The partnership between State Farm and Main Line Health extends back to 2007, when the first mock crash demonstration was presented by Riddle Hospital. Since then, the grant was expanded to include Paoli Hospital in 2010, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in 2014 and this year was extended to the entire Main Line Health System.

About Main Line Health

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.

The Main Line Health system 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 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, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. 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.

About Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The 148-bed, not-for-profit hospital offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services, including acute inpatient care, as well as outpatient services for adults and adolescents. The range of illnesses and injuries treated at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital includes traumatic, mild traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, spinal cord injury and amputee and orthopedic injuries and illnesses. In addition, Bryn Mawr Rehab provides rehabilitation services at convenient outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.


Bridget Therriault
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