CKHS and Delco Schools Raise Stroke Awareness through Contest - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on June 03, 2014

CKHS and Delco Schools Raise Stroke Awareness through Contest

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
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Mary.Wascavage@crozer.org

Springfield, Pa.— When it comes to surviving a stroke, every second literally counts. In an effort to educate students, their families and our community about the signs and risk factors of stroke—as well as treatment options—physicians and clinicians of the Crozer-Keystone Health System sponsored a contest for local students.

  • First-place winner Katie LaSpada, a fourth-grader from Grace Park Elementary School, accepts her award from Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital. Katie is also pictured with Mrs. Lauren Burdalski, Ridley School District health teacher, and Mr. Dave DeYulis, principal of Grace Park Elementary.
  • Second-place winner Lonneke McKinney, a fifth-grader from Woodlyn Elementary School, accepts her award from Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital. Lonneke is also pictured with (from left to right) Mrs. Lauren Burdalski, Ridley School District health teacher, and Mrs. Brenda Sweeney, principal of Woodlyn Elementary.
  • Third-place winner Hannah Burnell, a fifth-grader from Garnet Valley Elementary School, accepts her award from Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital. Hannah is also pictured with (from left to right) Mrs. Christina Chiodo, Garnet Valley School District 5th grade teacher, and Dr. Jason Kotch, principal of Garnet Valley Elementary.
  • Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital, presents Medical Careers Program student Philip Thompson, from Springfield High School, with his first-place cash award as a winner of the Crozer-Keystone Health System stroke contest. They are pictured with Denise Kossuth, R.N., Medical Careers Program instructor. Not pictured are second-place winner Byronlyn Mappy, from Academy Park High School, and third-place winner Katherine Burk, from Strath Haven High School.

This year’s contest, which charged students with creating a design displaying a stroke-themed message, awarded cash prizes to the top elementary, middle and high school entries. Students submitted their designs along with an informational sheet about stroke awareness and prevention. Nearly 200 entries were submitted by budding Delaware County artists. The judges had a difficult task in choosing the winners, but after much careful review and consideration the committee chose students from Grace Park Elementary School, Garnet Valley Elementary School, Woodlyn Elementary School, and the Taylor Hospital Medical Careers Program as the winners. The Medical Careers Program is a collaborative effort between Crozer-Keystone and Delaware County Technical Schools that provides comprehensive instruction and hands-on experience to students from several area high schools. The stroke contest’s winning high school students attend Academy Park High School, Sharon Hill; Springfield High School; and Strath Haven High School, Wallingford.

“As usual, the entries this year were simply amazing,” says Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Taylor Hospital and Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “I am constantly impressed by the level of education of even our youngest entries. I am sure that I was not as advanced as these kids are when I was in elementary school. But, these students work so hard and, hopefully, learn so much that I am excited about the future. I also want to thank the teachers for putting in such great effort to help the students, and for making the time to help with stroke education.”

The project was sponsored by Crozer-Keystone Health System’s medical staff—which is comprised of Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Springfield Hospital and Taylor Hospital—in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month (May). It was offered to students in grades 4-12 in Delaware County. The winning designs will be reprinted onto umbrellas and distributed throughout the county at special events and outreach programs sponsored by the health system.

“Not only is the contest a fun activity for the students, but it’s also a way for us to educate them early on and reinforce healthy living habits as well as what to do in the event of a stroke—especially for family members,” says Suzanne Hefton, stroke coordinator for Crozer-Keystone. “We’ve had several patients come to us because of what their grandchildren learned from participating in the contest!”

Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Taylor Hospital, and Delaware County Memorial Hospital are certified by The Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers. Stroke center certification signifies that the hospital has met higher standards for evaluation and treatment of acute stroke patients. Earning certification requires optimal performance from everyone involved in transporting, evaluating and treating a stroke patient.

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