In 2014, there were 44 motor vehicle collision fatalities in Stark County, which is sixty-nine-percent more than in 2013. Sadly, seat belts were used in less than half of these accidents. To promote seat belt use with its employees as well as the public Mercy Medical Center Trauma Services has partnered the Stark County Sheriff and Stark County Safe Communities to kick off the Click it or Ticket Campaign, which is held nationwide May 18-31.
In addition to the unveiling of Buckle Up! signs placed around Mercy’s main campus, Mercy Trauma Services is promoting seat belt use to its employees through a pledge banner signing, employee messaging as well as seat belt checks and friendly reminders in the hospital parking lots.
Trauma centers are held to strict standards, including community education and injury prevention.
In honor of National Trauma Awareness Month, Mercy Trauma Services, together with the trauma teams from Affinity Medical Center and Aultman Hospital, will be joining the Stark County Sheriff and Stark County Safe Communities in conducting high school seat belt checks at six local high schools during the Click it or Ticket Campaign. These three trauma centers will also be educating local high school students on distracted/impaired driving with the StartSmart program.
Mercy Trauma Services wants to remind the community to, “Always remember to buckle up!”
Pictured around one of Mercy Medical Center’s Buckle Up! signs are (L to R): Amy Petrillo, nurse practitioner, Mercy Trauma Services; Gerald Clarke, manager, Mercy Emergency Department; Lt. William Haymaker, Ohio State Highway Patrol; Bob Everett, director, Mercy Security; Joyce Himebaugh, manager, Mercy Trauma Services; George Maier, Stark County Sheriff; Evan McIntosh, patrolman, Canton City Police; Major C.J. Stantz, Stark County Sheriff’s Office; Keith Bennett, Stark County Engineer and Jason Pirtz, director of Critical Care Services at Mercy Medical Center.Please click here for media inquiries