5/5/2005 12:00:00 AM
Riley Hospital for Children Opens First Safety Store In The Nation To Serve All Children Kicks Off Statewide Child Injury Prevention Campaign In Partnership with Safety 1stINDIANAPOLIS - On Thursday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Riley Hospital for Children, Riley Hospital's Community Education and Child Advocacy Department will host a press conference announcing the grand opening of the Safety Store and the launch of the comprehensive Get On Board with Child Safety injury prevention campaign in Indiana. Injuries are the leading cause of death for children ages 14 and under in Indiana and nationwide.
Riley Hospital's Safety Store is the first in the nation to provide education and offer low-cost products to help prevent injuries to all children, including children with disabilities or special health care needs. Bike helmets, smoke detectors, cabinet locks, outlet covers and carbon monoxide detectors are among the products that will be available for families statewide for the first time in a children's hospital setting.
"We value the safety of Indiana's children and we are taking decisive steps to educate families and prevent injuries for all children," says Dr. Ora Pescovitz, President & CEO of Riley Hospital for Children. "With the opening of the new Safety Store and through our participation in the Get on Board with Child Safety campaign, we are dedicating our hospital's leadership and efforts to promote the message across Indiana that child injury prevention needs to be an important priority for all children and their families."
The Get on Board with Child Safety campaign is a national child injury prevention initiative to educate parents, caregivers and consumers nationwide about the changes they can make to prevent unintentional injuries in and around the home and on the road. The campaign is led by Dorel Juvenile Group USA's Safety 1st brand and the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). Dorel Juvenile Group USA is an operating subsidiary of Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.SV, DII.MV; NASDAQ: DIIB).
To kick off the grand opening of the Safety Store and the Get On Board with Child Safety campaign, car seats will be distributed to brothers and sisters of Riley Hospital patients free of charge from noon to 4 p.m. following the press conference. The car seat distribution will occur on a weekly basis and is made possible through support from Dorel Juvenile Group USA.
"As an Indiana based company, Dorel Juvenile Group USA is especially proud to partner with Riley Hospital for Children to help raise awareness about unintentional injuries in the state," says Bruce Cazenave, President & CEO of Dorel Juvenile Group USA. "As a leading manufacturer of car seats and childproofing products, we are committed to educating parents and caregivers about the issues that affect their child's well-being and this campaign will do just that."
Throughout 2005, Get on Board with Child Safety will sponsor several ongoing educational events such as a Home Safety Makeover where an experienced childproofer will work closely with an Indiana family to demonstrate how products can be installed to help prevent injuries to children in the home and how families can obtain these products and related education through Riley Hospital's Safety Store.
For more information about Riley Hospital's Safety Store, the Get on Board with Child Safety campaign and child injury prevention tips and resources, please visit www.getonboardwithsafety.com or call 888-365-2022.
Riley Hospital for Children
As Indiana's first and only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital for Children, a part of Clarian Health Partners, has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families for 80 years. Each year Riley serves over 160,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world. Riley Hospital's partnership with Clarian Health and its str
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