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Main Line Health receives $45,000 State Farm Grant for mock crash and Cruisin’ Smart® events

Main Line Health April 10, 2019 News Releases

Main Line Health is the recipient of a $45,000 grant from State Farm Insurance Company to support the Mock Crash and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Cruisin' Smart® demonstrations throughout the communities we serve. Strath Haven High School kicked off the safe-driving season on Wednesday, April 3 with the first Mock Crash and Cruisin’ Smart program of 2019. Through the State Farm grant, demonstrations will take place at area high schools through the end of May, which is also prom season—a time when drunk driving incidents may increase.

“For 12 years now, Main Line Health and State Farm have proudly partnered to present these exceptionally moving demonstrations at local high schools in an effort to raise awareness of the hazards of impaired and distracted driving,” says Donna Phillips, president, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. “We are incredibly grateful to State Farm for their philanthropy and for their continued dedication to saving the lives of thousands of students in our region. 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 occurring.”

The State Farm grant allows Main Line Health to offer Mock Crash and Cruisin’ Smart demonstrations at nine area high schools across Delaware, Montgomery and Chester counties to raise the awareness among student audiences of the life-threatening dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

This year’s remaining demonstrations are scheduled to take place at the following schools:

  • April 11 – Owen J. Roberts High School
  • April 22 – Penncrest High School
  • April 24 – Downingtown East High School
  • April 29 – Harriton High School
  • April 30 – Henderson High School
  • May 2 – Sun Valley High School
  • May 3 – Ridley High School
  • May 22 – Garnet Valley High School

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, emergency equipment and the Jaws of Life to convey to young drivers and passengers that driving distracted or impaired can lead to horrendous—even fatal—outcomes.

“State Farm is proud to partner with Main Line Health in promoting safe driving by exemplifying the consequences of unsafe driving practices,” said Dave Phillips, senior public affairs specialist, State Farm. “It is preventive programs such as these that help to make the roads of the Delaware Valley a safer place for everyone.”

The partnership between State Farm and Main Line Health extends back to 2007, when the first mock crash demonstration was presented by Riddle Hospital at Penncrest High School. Since then, the grant was expanded to include Paoli Hospital in 2010, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in 2014, and the entire Main Line Health system in 2016.

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.

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.