Children's and Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton Announce Program Aimed at Reducing Pediatric Injuries Incurred in Motor Vehicle Accidents
BIRMINGHAM - September 19, 2017- In honor of National Car Seat Safety Month, Hare Wynn has pledged $10,000 to Children’s of Alabama’s Car Seat Program today, which provides patient families with car seats upon discharge from the hospital.
“We are honored to partner with Children’s on such an important initiative,” said Hare Wynn Principal, Leon Ashford. “No parent should ever have to worry about getting their child home from the hospital safely, and we hope that by providing car seats to these families we are easing some of that burden.”
Last year more than 220 children who would have otherwise been sent home without a car seat were given seats through this program. Since the program launched three years ago, hundreds of families have received free car seats - the vast majority were visiting the Children’s Emergency Department. HWNN has donated more than $25,000 to fund Children’s car seat program.
Nationally about 80 percent of child passenger safety seats are incorrectly installed.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, children are more likely than adults to be injured in car accidents because they have softer bones, weaker neck muscles, and more fragile bodies. Children also have larger heads in proportion to their bodies which is why children 13 and under should always ride in the back seat of a vehicle.
About Children’s of Alabama:
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient visits and experienced nearly 14,000 inpatient days at Children’s, coming from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and is ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country by US News & World Report.