Crozer-Keystone Hosts Press Conference to Focus Attention on Dangers of Drinking and Driving - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on March 16, 2015

Crozer-Keystone Hosts Press Conference with Delaware County Leadership to Focus Attention on the Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Aubrey Proud
(610) 447-6171
Aubrey.Proud@crozer.org

Last Friday, Crozer-Keystone Health System, together with the Delaware County Transportation Management Association (DCTMA) and PennDOT, held a press conference at Springfield Hospital’s Emergency Department to focus attention on the dangers of driving under the influence. This message is timely as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Delaware County leaders delivered a consistent message of recommending public transportation or a designated driver when alcohol is involved, along with the fact that significant resources are available for those seeking help with dependency.

“Our Level II Trauma Center unfortunately sees too many preventable incidents as a result of a DUI throughout the year,” said Marcin Jankowski, D.O., medical director of the Trauma Program at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “With the help of our EMS professionals and our team in the Emergency Departments we are able to coordinate care. However, it is our hope that through increased education and public awareness that DUI’s in our community can be reduced.”

Presenters at the press conference included:

  • Linda Sposato, victim services specialist with the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of Mothers Against Drinking and Driving (M.A.D.D.)
  • Corporal Gerrard McShea from the Pennsylvania State Police; Thomas McGarrigle, Pennsylvania state senator
  • Michael Culp of Delaware County Council
  • Cecile Charlton, executive director of the Delaware County Transportation Management Association
  • Marcin Jankowski, D.O., medical director of Crozer Regional Trauma Center Crozer-Chester Medical Center
  • Grant Gegwich, vice president of marketing and public relations of Crozer-Keystone

Others in attendance at the event included Edward Kelly from the Springfield Township Board of Commissioners; Amy Williams Gaudioso from Delaware County Community College; representatives of the Haverford, Marple, Radnor, Springfield and Upper Providence police departments; and Crozer-Keystone physicians, nurses, EMS professionals and administrators. Through this collective show of concern and attention to this issue, the parties hoped to bring an increase of awareness for the Delaware County and regional communities.

In addition to the press conference, the Pennsylvania DUI Association’s ‘Moving Memorial’ was on-site and dozens of visitors took free tours inside this 50’ exhibit.

The DCTMA is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the transportation network serving Delaware County. Delaware County is fortunate enough to be one of the best served counties when it comes to public transportation. The county residents have access to three regional Rail lines, numerous bus routes, and trolleys. These public transit routes serve most of the towns which have many drinking establishments, making it easier for bar and restaurant patrons to leave the keys at home and take SEPTA rather than driving after consuming alcoholic beverages. Charlton comments, “The ‘I SEPTA Media’ campaign has been a fun message that resonates with the local community and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with Crozer-Keystone, PennDOT, SEPTA, police departments, and the local elected officials to emphasize the importance of safe driving.”

Crozer-Keystone has created a special section on their website dedicated to providing support services related to the dangers of driving under the influence. Go to www.crozerkeystone.org/delcosupport for more information.

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