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December 12, 2017

11/17/2017 11:00:00 AM
CMH helping with helmets
High-tech helmets have meant fewer concussions for RHS football players.
Crawford Memorial Hospital is practicing "preventative medicine" with a donation that will protect local high-school football players from concussions.

CMH is joining with United Way of Crawford County and Bay Safety to purchase "the latest and greatest" high-tech football helmets for players in Robinson, Oblong and Hutsonville-Palestine, Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski told the hospital board Wednesday.

CMH will donate $5,000 from the general fund plus another $5,000 from a Rural Health Alliance Grant. United Way will also donate $5,000, while Bay will give $3,000. This will allow them to purchase at least 15 Speedflex helmets for each county team in time for the 2018 season.

"With all the talk about concussions, it was a easy decision to help prevent concussions and monitor the hits the players take," Florkowski explained. He added sports trainer Scott Rawlings is "pretty excited" about the plan.

Robinson High School has some Speedflex helmets, Florkowski said, adding the Maroons have seen fewer concussions since their purchase.

The impact technology helmets, which cost about $385 each, not only provide improved protection, they include sensors that how hard a player has been hit and keep tabs on how many times he has been hit.

The helmets can wirelessly contact a trainer or coach to warn him if a player may be in danger of a concussion.

Also Wednesday, the board heard positive financial news for the second month.

"October was a strong month," with improved volumes and slightly-above-budget revenues, interim Chief Financial Officer Gerald Klein said. "That's a very good sign."

More significantly, year-to-date financials are also ahead of last year, he added.

There was also good news concerning awards won by CMH and its Magnolia Center.

CMH has achieved five-star rating for quality from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Magnolia Center scored five-star ratings for both quality and patient experience.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Activity Professionals Association honored both Magnolia Center Activities Director Brenda Hunt and Administrator Sandi Burtron. Hunt was named the Dorene Award winner. Burtron won the Administrator/Executive Director Award.

In other business, the board:

• Heard a report on the Rural Health Annual Assessment.

• Approved a contract with the Saving Sight cornea bank.

• Adopted several updated policies.

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