HERSHEY, Pa. — With a commitment to community safety and traumatic injury prevention, Highmark Health announced a $30,000 grant to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital to support the hospital’s car seat safety program.
Highmark’s grant will support the Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention Program’s car seat safety initiative to provide families in need with free car seats and installation support. The program hosts as many as six car seat safety stations per month in Dauphin County. The funding will be used to purchase car seats for approximately 250 families, as well as support safe installation of car seats and the purchase of one-time seats to assist families with children who cannot be transported safely in a traditional car seat.
“This grant will help us to continue to educate our communities on proper car seat safety and provide families in need with the proper equipment to keep their loved ones safe,” said Shannon DePatto, trauma prevention coordinator with the Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention Program at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. “A big thank you to Highmark Health for their support!”
“We are pleased to partner with Penn State Health Children’s Hospital to equip families in Dauphin County with not only car seats but also education to ensure proper safety and installation,” said Kathleen McKenzie, vice president of community affairs for Highmark Blue Shield. “We look forward to making a difference in the health of children in our community with this collaboration.”
In December 2017, Highmark Health and Penn State Health announced a long-term partnership that includes a $1 billion joint investment to develop a high-value, community-based health care network designed to expand local access to primary and specialty care and enhance collaboration with community physicians.