“We are very proud of the high schools that participated in the annual spring Traffic Safety Challenge,” said Meliam Gonzales, RN, trauma prevention coordinator and clinical educator at HackensackUMC. “Every year, we see improvement in seatbelt usage, which means students understand the importance of wearing a seatbelt and how it saves lives. They are also learning how dangerous it is to text and drive as evidenced from the entries in the video contest, which is part of the challenge.”
This year’s winning high schools are as follows:
Best Overall Seatbelt Usage
Indian Hills High School, Oakland
Immaculate Heart Academy, Washington Twp
2nd Best Overall Seatbelt Usage
Ramapo High School, Franklin Lakes
Most Improved Seatbelt Usage
Cliffside Park High School, Cliffside Park
2nd Most Improved Seatbelt Usage
Fair Lawn High School, Fair Lawn
Fort Lee High School, Fort Lee
100% Driver Seatbelt Usage
Leonia High School, Leonia
Immaculate Conception High School, Lodi
Lodi High School, Lodi
Palisades Park High School, Palisades Park
Park Ridge High School, Park Ridge
Poster Contest Winners
Cresskill HS, Cresskill, NJ
Fair Lawn HS, Fair Lawn, NJ
Saddle Brook HS, Saddle Brook, NJ
Video Contest Winners
Cresskill HS, Cresskill
Dumont HS, Dumont
Leonia HS, Leonia
River Dell HS, Oradell
The following high schools also participated and were presented with certificates for their continued commitment to trauma prevention and community education: Bergenfield High School, Lyndhurst High School, New Milford High School, Don Bosco Preparatory High School and St. Mary’s High School.
For more information about trauma prevention, please contact Meliam Gonzales at 551-996-2672 or mgonzales@hackensackUMC.org.
Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the in the 11th annual spring High School Traffic Safety Challenge, in which 20 schools participated. From left to right: Sanjeev Kaul, M.D., assistant director, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention, HackensackUMC; Meliam Gonzales, RN, trauma prevention coordinator and clinical educator, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention, HackensackUMC; Cindy Bergen ,State Farm; Jennifer Young, State Farm; John LoCurto, M.D., chief, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention, HackensackUMC.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.