N.C. – June 8, 2017 – Brenner Children’s Hospital, part
of Wake Forest Baptist Medical
named the lead agency of the year by Safe Kids North Carolina and the North
Carolina Department of Insurance. The honor came during the Safe Kids N.C.
Injury Prevention Conference held last month.
Children’s heads Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont, one of 45 Safe Kids North
Carolina coalitions, and serves residents of Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes
and Yadkin counties and the surrounding areas.
award recognizes the leadership, support, prevention and treatment services that
Brenner Children’s provides to the area as a Level
I pediatric trauma center
prevention is really a core mission of Brenner Children’s Hospital,” said John
K. Petty, M.D., pediatric surgeon and trauma program
director, Wake Forest Baptist. “We are honored to help save lives and treat
injured children, but our desire is to help prevent injuries from occurring in
the first place.”
of our Safe Kids partners are crucial in helping spread the injury prevention
message,” said Luly Beckles, pediatric injury prevention coordinator, Brenner
Children’s Hospital, and Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont coordinator. “By joining
together to conduct child passenger safety classes, car seat checks, bicycle safety
events and helmet giveaways, water safety programs, home safety workshops and
other community events, injury prevention is truly a team effort.”
year, 800 children were admitted to Brenner Children’s with traumatic injuries
and burns. Nationally, injuries kill nearly 10,000 children every year and are
the leading cause of death for children, according to the CDC.
are proud to partner with Brenner Children’s Hospital to help fund prevention
and safety programs, which are a vital part of our mission,” said Robert J. Gfeller,
M.B.A., executive director, Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. “Our
goal is to continually raise the quality of care for injured kids and support
programs that help save the lives of children.”
Safe Kids North Carolina is one of more than 600
coalitions affiliated with Safe Kids Worldwide, whose mission is to prevent
accidental childhood injury, which is the leading killer of children.