Did you know Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States? Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability which could have been prevented by wearing a helmet.
An estimated 248,418 children (age 19 or younger) were treated in U.S. EDs for sports and recreation-related injuries that included a diagnosis of concussion or TBI.
Mercy Regional Medical Center is seeing less head inuries due to this program.
$25 will buy a single helment and help a child in our community.
Since the program began in 2010 started by Dr. Mark Stern MD, Gray Matters has donated $49,111 in helmets and educational materials to our community. Mercy has purchased and distributed over 3,035 to kids in need of helmets who do not have resources to buy their own.
$13,928 worth of educational materials has been distributed at Gray Matters events where presentations were directly given to 3500 people.
Mercy Regional Medical Center- Trauma Services is committed to injury prevention education and providing a helmet to any child or family member in need of one. The goal of Mercy Regional Medical Center Trauma Service is to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries in our community.
The project also includes providing a new helmet to any patient admitted to Mercy Hospital or Emergency Department that was involved in an event that would have benefited from a helmet or damage has occurred to their helmet. The lasting value to local families is immeasurable. Lives are being saved!