SLCH Employee Presents on Panel to Discourage Distracted Teen Driving

SLCH Employee Presents on Panel to Discourage Distracted Teen Driving

Newburgh, NY - St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) employee, Kathy Sheehan, ED Educator/Clinical Coordinator presented as a panelist on May 21, at Cornwall High School, as part of The Times Herald Record's Not One More Campaign.

Not One More was created by The Times Herald Record in efforts to prevent distracted teen driving crashes. The forum is presented to teenagers at local high schools in the area during the spring with hopes that fewer teens will take part in distracted driving behaviors such as texting, loud noises, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while fatigued, or driving with multiple individuals in the car.

"It's an honor to be a part of such a great program that is aimed at keeping our teens safe. The message that is delivered by community members who have witnessed firsthand the tragedies of car crashes is so vital to the safety of our teens," said Kathy Sheehan.

Other panelists included Mr. John Jones, Orange County Stop DWI/Traffic Safety; Chief Todd Hazard, Town of Cornwall Police Department; and a representative from Brooks Funeral Home. Panelists discussed the implications of driving while distracted and shared their personal experiences in dealing with a situation when they have had to care for a teen that has been in a car crash.

Over the past few years, Orange County Stop DWI/Traffic Safety has partnered with Cornwall High School to present this program aimed at putting an end to fatal car crashes involving local teens.

"It's difficult to measure the success of the program, but if we can prevent even one more crash, one more loss of life then it is worth it," said Sheehan.

St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and aspires to excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. SLCH offers comprehensive cardiac, stroke, cancer, orthopedic services and a full range of other clinical offerings.