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HSHS St. John’s Hospital Encourages Bike Safety This Memorial Day Weekend

Bicyclists face a higher rate of crash-related injuries and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles do, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
This Memorial Day weekend, HSHS St. John’s Hospital is asking you to play it safe on all fronts, but especially if you’re taking bicycles out for a ride.
Bicycle helmets reduce the risks of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. All bicyclists, no matter their age, should wear a properly fitted helmet every time they ride.
“I know how devastating head injuries can be. I won’t let my daughters get on their bicycles without a helmet,” said Dr. Gurpreet Mander, chief medical officer at St. John’s Hospital and pediatrician who spends most of his time in the intensive care unit.
St. John’s has been active in the community by providing fittings and helmets to children in the area. The community benefit and trauma teams recently handed out helmets at Scheels Safe Family Saturday and have two more events planned.
Parents interested in getting free bike helmets for their children can plan to attend one of these events:
  1. Enos Park, Saturday, June 10 from 1-3 p.m. 
  2. Chatham Police Department, Wednesday, June 14 from 5-7 p.m.
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.  

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