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8/8/2016

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Features First Aid and Farm Safety at Madison County Fair


Highland, IL – HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital had a successful week at the Madison County Fair hosting its first aid and cooling station in the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Pavilion for the first time this year. The new pavilion, which was funded through donations to the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation, features an air conditioned space where fair goers were able to receive first aid or just cool off from the heat.
 
For the second year, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital provided Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants to staff the first aid station each day of the fair. Fair attendees were also able to stop at the pavilion for free bottled water and popsicles to cool off from the heat. Information about hospital services, as well as blood pressure and BMI screenings, were available all week.
 
Fair goers who visited the pavilion also received giveaways, and the chance to enter into a drawing for one of two prizes – a Drone and Go Pro camera - provided by Country Financial. Winners of the prizes were June Ahlmeyer (Go Pro camera) and Jennifer Hoerchler (Drone). Other sponsors of the pavilion services include LG Seeds, Oberbeck Grain Co, Highland Rural King, Country Financial, Gelly Excavating and Prairie Farms.
 
In addition to the services offered at the pavilion, HSHS Rescue Flight, the helicopter serving the HSHS Southern Illinois Division, made several appearances at the fair. Flight crew members landed the helicopter at the fairgrounds and were available to greet the crowds and answer questions. HSHS Rescue Flight currently serves HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Breese, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – Belleville, and HSHS Holy Family – Greenville.
 
Adding to the fun for the week, HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation hosted a Farm Safety event presented by Highland Rural King on Friday night at the Fair. The Farm Safety event featured safety tips on farm equipment, animals, water safety, and ATVs. Kids of all ages played Safety Jeopardy at the end of the event to win prizes donated by Country Financial.  The game tested their knowledge on safety related things such as grain bin asphyxiation, power take offs and augers, farm related drownings, warning signs, chemical dangers, and ATV tips. Everyone who attended the 40 minute presentation received a free ice cream treat and safety drawstring bag donated by Prairie Farms.
 
For more information about HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation or St. Joseph’s Hospital events at the Madison County Fair, please call Amy Liefer, Director of Communications and Foundation Director, at 618-651-2589 or amy.liefer@hshs.org.

Media Contacts

Ashley Gramann
Communications Manager
Phone: 618-651-2589
Ashley.Gramann@hshs.org
 
Terriann Tharp
Division Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 217-347-1275
terriann.tharp@hshs.org