Cardiac Screening

February 2013
Maine South - Ms. Rose Garlasco
Foundation Award: $500

This program provides cardiac screenings, which include ECG (electrocardiogram) and an ECHO (echocardiogram), to identify high school students at risk for sudden cardiac death. All Maine South students, with parent permission, will be screened. The screening will take place on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, 2013. Students will be screened during the school day, during their PE classes. The ECG takes approximately 4 minutes. They will be able to screen up 2600 students in two school days. 

Dr. Joseph Marek approached Maine South High School last summer with the Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screen Program. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, through a grant, is donating $12,000 for the opportunity for our students to receive this screening at no cost to the school, student or family. 

Volunteers are critical as we need 50-60 volunteers per session per day. We will be soliciting the assistance of parents and community members and are in the process of developing a plan to recruit and register volunteers. Training for the volunteers will take place on Wednesday, May 1 from 5:30-7pm and 7-8:3Opm in our spectator gym. Our goal is to get the entire community involved in this event. We will be asking for volunteers from our parent organizations, service organizations (Rotary and Kiwanis) and from our businesses through the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce. 

This is a great opportunity for our students. If there are students in our school who may have an undetected heart issue, this could save their lives. This program has been in place at many suburban schools in Illinois. We are very fortunate that we have a partnership with Advocate LGH and have a supportive school district and community to provide this for our students. 

The grant from the Foundation is for $500 to pay for supplies and food.