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Exelon Nuclear Supports CDH Injury Prevention

$120,000 gift will bring injury prevention education to more than 11,500 students over next three years

WINFIELD, Ill. – October 17, 2011 – Jill Braselton, RN, an injury prevention coordinator from Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in west suburban Winfield, simply wants more kids to make good decisions.

Exelon Nuclear provided the funds to help make that happen.

“Injuries are the number-one cause of death and disability for children and teens—even though experts estimate that 75 percent of these deaths and injuries are preventable,” says Braselton. “If all we do is give these kids the facts and get the message through to them about making good decisions, I’m satisfied. I’ve worked with many permanently injured young people who have said, ‘if I’d only thought before I did that.’”

Exelon Nuclear, an advocate for safety, believes in the message of ThinkFirst Injury Prevention so much so that they have joined with the CDH Injury Prevention Team to bring the benefits of this proven safety program to more children and families living in the communities where Exelon employees live and work.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to partner with Central DuPage Hospital and its ThinkFirst program,” said Exelon Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear Officer Michael Pacilio. “Educating children on the importance of including safety in all aspects of their lives means fewer accidents to either themselves or others.”

A portion of Exelon Nuclear’s donation will go towards new helmets for first graders. The first-grade classes are taught the importance of protecting the brain while riding bicycles, scooters, roller skates, etc. After they are educated, each child is personally fitted with his or her own new helmet.

The ThinkFirst curriculum targets three distinct age groups: ThinkFirst for Kids (Grades 1-3); ThinkFirst for Youth (Grades 4-5); and ThinkFirst for Teens. The curriculum is taught by three part-time hospital employees and six V.I.P. (Voices for Injury Prevention) speakers. In the last school year, team members presented injury prevention programs to more than 12,500 students in fourth through twelfth grades. Braselton wants to reach out to even more.

With this gift, Exelon Nuclear has committed to bring the CDH Chapter of ThinkFirst prevention program to the Quad Cities for three years. The donation will provide CDH staff the additional resources they need to present the ThinkFirst Program in the six communities where Exelon Nuclear reactors are located, as well as expand the program in Naperville and Lisle in DuPage County and Rowe Charter School in Chicago.

Participating elementary schools include:
Aurora, Allen Elementary School, Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary, Nancy Young Elementary, Owen Elementary; Byron, Mary Morgan Elementary School; Chicago, Rowe Elementary School; Clinton, Douglas School, Washington School; Custer Park, Reed Custer Primary School; Lisle, Tate Woods Elementary School; Marseilles (LaSalle), Marseilles Elementary School; Morris (Dresden), Nettle Creek Elementary, White Oak Elementary School, Saratoga School, Naperville, Brookdale Elementary, Cowlishaw Elementary, Longwood Elementary, May Watts, Quad Cities, Bowlesburg Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Ridgewood Elementary School, Wells Elementary School, Stillman Valley, Highland Elementary; Warrenville, Bower School, Johnson School, St. Irene’s.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for medical technology, one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois and has achieved Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing services.

For the last five consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. CDH is affiliated with other healthcare leaders, including regionally known Children’s Memorial Hospital for pediatric care and nationally known Cleveland Clinic for cardiac surgery.

Central DuPage Hospital is an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4234/ TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired.

Christopher King
630-776-5373 (cell)