Hudson, Florida (May 29, 2013) – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that it has awarded a $500 prize to the students of River Ridge High School for the “highest percent of increased safety belt use” while driving in the “Battle of the Belts.”
“Battle of the Belts” promotes seatbelt use among teens. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers. In fact, when it comes to motor vehicle crashes, teens have the highest fatality rate of any age group. They also have the lowest safety belt use rates of all drivers. This rate is even lower where there are multiple teens in the vehicle. The “Battle of the Belts” program was initiated in an effort to change these statistics and increase safety belt use among teenagers.
This year in Pasco County a campaign was conducted at participating high schools during March. The goal was to have high school students convince their peers to always wear their safety belts. Student organizations were asked to create a unique campaign for their high school to encourage fellow students to wear their seatbelts during every ride in a motor vehicle.
There were several award categories such as highest seatbelt use, most improved seatbelt use, best school campaign, best public service announcement, best poster and best essay. The trauma center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point sponsored the prize for the most improved seatbelt use. River Ridge High School had the highest percent of increased safety belt use in Pasco County.
Attached photo: Members of River Ridge High School pose with their $500 award from Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Left to right: Kristen Philhower, President of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), James Morrison Treasurer of SADD, Joe Mastandrea, RN., Trauma Nurse Coordinator, RMCBP; Mark Anderson, Trauma Program Director, RMCBP; Corporal Arthur Morrison, School Resource Officer, and Amy Schultz, Pasco County Fire Rescue and Pasco Safe Kids Pasco Council Chairperson
About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Regional Medical Center Bayonet has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL and home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute. We have more than 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:
- Level II Trauma Center
- Top Performing Hospital for Key Quality Measures – recognized as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care by the Joint Commission
- Accredited Chest Pain Center, with PCI – Society of Chest Pain Centers for Cycle I, II and III Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center – Joint Commission
- Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center – Joint Commission
- Recipient of the 2012 American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award in both heart failure and stroke.
- Recipient of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing a higher standard of heart attack care that improves the survival and outcomes for STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.
- Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2011
- MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited – American College of Radiology
- Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program – American College of Surgeons.
- 10 Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certifications: primary stroke center, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure, joint replacement hip, joint replacement knee, lung cancer, pneumonia, wound care!
- Awarded Hospital Safety Score of “A” in three consecutive rankings by The Leapfrog Group.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is located at 14000 Fivay Road
Hudson, FL. 34667. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point visit www.rmchealth.com or www.heartoftampa.com. Or visit us on Facebook.