John Muir Health Supports 19 “Safe and Sober Grad Night” Celebrations in the East Bay
Walnut Creek, Calif. (June 11, 2019) — John Muir Health announced today its continued support of annual “Safe and Sober Grad Night” events taking place at high schools across the East Bay. This year, 19 high schools across the region each received $500 from John Muir Health, for a total of $9,500 in donations. “Safe and Sober Grad Night” celebrations offer a safe environment for graduating high school seniors on what is meant to be one of the most memorable nights of their lives.
“Graduation is one of the most significant senior celebrations of the year,” said Cindy Turner, president of the College Park High School Parent Teacher Student Association. “The support we get from John Muir Health, combined with hundreds of parent volunteer hours, helps provide a spectacular and safe event where our seniors can celebrate their high school experience.”
The Safe and Sober Grad Night program was developed by the California Highway Patrol in 1985 in response to graduating seniors celebrating at unsupervised parties where alcohol was provided and consumed. Unfortunately, many of these parties resulted in alcohol-related crashes, injuries, and death. Since 1985, the number of young drivers involved in alcohol-related collisions during the month of June has declined dramatically.
“As the only trauma center in Contra Costa County, our staff sees first-hand the impacts and hazards of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We want to be sure we remind teens to make wise choices, as their decisions can have lifelong impacts on themselves, their friends and their families,” said Kacey Hansen, executive director of Neurosciences, Trauma and Transfer Services at John Muir Health. “We are proud to help area high schools offer a secure environment for graduates.”
John Muir Health’s trauma center serves Contra Costa County and parts of Solano and Marin counties. In addition to treating critical injuries, John Muir Health actively works to prevent them. Trauma physicians, nurses and staff are participants in the Every 15 Minutes program to educate high school juniors and seniors about drinking and driving, and the impact their decisions have on family, friends and other members of their community. John Muir Health also participates in Beyond Violence, an intervention program for trauma patients treated at the medical center between the ages of 14-25 who are victims of intentional injuries (e.g. gunshot, knife assault) and reside in West or East Contra Costa County. Support for “Safe and Sober Grad Nights” is another form of injury prevention.
High schools that received donations are: Alhambra High School, Amador Valley High School, Benicia High School, Campolindo High School, Clayton Valley Charter High School, College Park High School, Concord High School, Deer Valley High School, Dozier-Libbey Medical High School, El Cerrito High School, Foothill High School, Granada High School, Las Lomas High School, Livermore High School, Miramonte High School, Monte Vista High School, Northgate High School, San Ramon Valley High School and Ygnacio Valley High School.
About John Muir Health
John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization east of San Francisco serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of more than 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians, nearly 6,000 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including Contra Costa County’s only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health also has partnerships with Tenet Healthcare/San Ramon Regional Medical Center, UCSF Health and Stanford Children's Health to expand its capabilities, increase access to services and better serve patients. The health system offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, pediatrics and high-risk obstetrics care.
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