St. Thomas More Hospital Presents the 15th Annual Child Health & Safety Day

(CANON CITY, COLO.) Children ages 2-14 and their families are invited to the 15th Annual Child Health & Safety Day on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9 am to Noon to experience hands-on health and safety education. The event is free of charge and will be held at St. Thomas More Hospital (STM) in the parking lot at 1338 Phay Ave. Each family can enter a drawing to win a family fun package!

An initiative of STM Trauma Services, Child Health & Safety Day is also presented by Starpoint, First Steps Early Head Start, St. Thomas More Health Foundation and American Medical Response.

In our E.R., many of the injuries we see in patients under the age of 18 are a result of not wearing a helmet or seat belt, or being improperly fastened into a car seat, said Nancy Bartkowiak, R.N., assistant nurse manager in the Emergency Room and trauma nurse coordinator at STM. As a Level IV trauma center, we are responsible for providing community education. Child Health & Safety Day helps educate families on steps they can take to help prevent these types of injury.

Though this is a long-standing community event, STM is proud to offer a wide variety of new attractions this year so you wont want to miss it!

This event provides a wide variety of health and safety information to the community in a fun and interactive environment so that kids can get excited about playing safe and living a healthy lifestyle, said Jillian Maes, director of marketing and communication at STM. With new attractions this year, we are hoping to see families come back to experience all we have to offer!

New this year is a military display by Ft. Carson that will be a great interaction display. Other new attractions include the Salida circus and a magician. Take a walk through the Mega Brain, an oversized inflatable brain featuring an interactive display that will teach you about stroke and stroke prevention. Remember the classic kids game Operation? We have a life-size version of the game to test your medical skills. Come and learn about how to safely be around animals with horse safety presented by Dawson Ranch. Participants will again enjoy a fun fitness zone, bounce house rafting safety.

A highlight to Child Health & Safety Day is the distribution of free bicycle and skateboarding helmets, made possible by the St. Thomas More Health Foundation. Each helmet is individually fitted to the child to ensure proper fit. A limited number of car seats and booster seats are also given away while supplies last. Starpoints Early Head Start program will host a Car Seat Safety Check Point along with Drive Smart to ensure that the car seats are properly installed.

Flight For Life Colorado makes a return appearance this year as well (unless the helicopter gets called away to a patient transfer since Flight For Life is always in service). The flight crew will educate families on how sick or critically injured patients are flown by helicopter to other hospitals for care, and provide a tour of the inside of the helicopter.

Other participating organizations that will help foster health and safety awareness for families in our community include: Fremont County Public Health, the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County, Elks Drug Awareness, Medical Reserve Corp., Canon City Fire Department, Canon City Police Department, Humane Society, Black Hills Energy and more.

For more information on Child Health & Safety Day, call 719-285-2345.