Sometimes life’s lessons are best learned through experience. To help teens do this in a safe way, Doctors Medical Center once again participated in the spring series of Every 15 Minutes in the Central Valley.
The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks, and focuses on teaching teens the dangers of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving. Doctors Medical Center worked in coordination with a broad coalition of local agencies including the California Highway Patrol, local law enforcement and emergency medical responders. This powerful, two-day program challenges students to think about their responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends and their community.
“This program is invaluable for students in our community. Many teens know the intellectual statistics of drunk driving, but many believe it will never happen to them,” said Rena Lepard, RN, Injury Prevention Coordinator for Trauma Services at Doctors Medical Center. “We use Every 15 Minutes to help educate teens about the dangers of drunk driving and the very real consequences that come with it.”
The Trauma Services Injury Prevention Program at Doctors Medical Center works hard to decrease drunk driving crashes among youth by proudly participating in Every 15 Minutes. The hospital contributes to the program by offering its emergency facilities and equipment, participation from clinical staff and security personnel, and speaking at local schools. The schools involved with Doctors Medical Center at the hospital filming and/or student retreat education this spring were Pacheco High School, Thomas Downey High School, Joseph A. Gregori High School, Patterson High School, James C. Enochs High School, Grace M. Davis High School, Turlock High School and Oakdale High School.
As a Level II Trauma Center, Doctors Medical Center treats some of the most severe trauma cases. All trauma patients have access to specialists, both surgical and non-surgical, to help facilitate a rapid and full recovery from injuries.
Doctors Medical Center of Modesto is the largest full-care hospital between Stockton and Fresno, and from the Sierras to the San Francisco Bay Area, with a 394-bed general acute care and a 67-bed inpatient psychiatric capacity. DMC is known for providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency care. Doctors Medical Center offers a wide range of services including cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, surgical weight loss, emergency and trauma services, minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, women and children’s services, medical/surgical, behavioral health, oncology and critical/intensive care.