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Silver Cross Simulates Emergency Department Setting to Educate Teens on the Dangers of Drunk and Distracted Driving

Joliet, IL (October 3, 2012) — High School students witnessed the dangers of drunk driving at the “Road to Reality” program at Lincoln-Way Central High School on September 25, 2012.  With the help of live actors, the impact of drunk driving unfolded before the students’ eyes as they witnessed a series of live scenes depicting students drinking at a party, a motor vehicle crash, a simulated hospital Emergency Department, and ultimately an appearance before a judge.

Students and parents were invited to the program as part of a continued effort to educate area youth on the risks of drinking and driving. The dangers of distracted driving was also discussed particularly texting and driving.

road-to-realityimg_4936_newsPHOTO CAPTION: l-r: Pictured are members of the Silver Cross Road to Reality Team. Silver Cross Hospital staff Front Row (from right): Christina Alvarado (“victim”and Lincoln-Way Central High School student), Emily Gura, Courtney McKibben; Back Row (from left): Hilda Kina, Marilyn MacBlane, Colin Keppner (“victim” and Lincoln-Way Central High School student), Jorilynn Gura, Lisa Mikolajczak, and Dr. Daniel Checco, all replicated an authentic Emergency Department experience simulating care to both the drunk driver and other victims involved in the accident during the “Road to Reality” Drunk and Distracted Driving program at Lincoln-Way Central High School on September 25, 2012. 

Silver Cross employees volunteered to enact a real Emergency Department experience, simulating care to both the drunk driver and other victims involved in the accident.  

“With the increase in distracted driving incidents, Silver Cross is excited to help create a real-life scenario to reiterate to these students and their parents on the dangers of consuming and driving under the influence of alcohol as well as texting and driving. We are pleased to be a part of this very impactful program where hundreds of kids and their parents attend every year,” said Courtney McKibben, Trauma Program Coordinator at Silver Cross Hospital.

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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