Representatives from Bayhealth, Capital School District, and Dover Capital City Rotary after signing a collaboration agreement for free EKG screenings for Dover High students.

Bayhealth Partners with Capital School District, Provides Free EKG Screenings

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | Community Outreach, Heart & Vascular
Bayhealth is pleased to collaborate with Capital School District to offer free electrocardiogram (EKG) screenings for high school students, ages 15 and older. An EKG is a five-minute, non-invasive test to help detect an underlying heart condition that could result in sudden cardiac arrest. Representatives from both organizations made the collaboration official with a signing ceremony at “Super Senator Day,” an event held at Dover High School where more than 25 students were screened for sudden cardiac arrest.

Bayhealth also offers an Echocardiogram (Echo), a test that more closely examines heart function, in cases where a student’s EKG shows any abnormality.

“Providing complimentary EKG and Echo screenings is giving local students access to life-saving testing. Unfortunately, if a child does have a heart condition, a lot of times there are no signs or symptoms. It can be a hidden danger that is not detected with a stethoscope,” said Bayhealth Senior Director of Operations, Cardiovascular Service Line Benjamin Collins. “We are pleased to work with Capital School District to strengthen the health of our young community members.”

At the event, students interested in being tested filled out or took home a risk assessment questionnaire and parental consent form. For those screened on site, the results were then read by a board-certified cardiologist and sent to the student’s primary care physician where they will become a part of the student’s medical record.

The EKG and Echo screenings were provided free of charge thanks to donations made by Dover Capital City Rotary Club, Retired United States Air Force Colonel George Chabbott, and C.F. Schwartz Toyota through the Bayhealth Foundation.

“These generous gifts are allowing Bayhealth to extend our reach in caring for youth in our community and are significant investments in the long-term health and wellbeing of these students,” said Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy, FACHE. “We are very grateful for the community support and excited about the collaboration between Capital School District and Bayhealth.”

"We are so grateful to the Bayhealth Foundation and the Rotary for uniting with the Capital School District to prioritize our district’s commitment to advance a culture of care. Undoubtedly, our collaborative approach will aid in identifying students who may be at-risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest by partnering to conduct free screenings,” said Superintendent of Capital School District Dr. Vilicia Cade. “This is a quintessential example of how the Capital School District demonstrates how we value our relationships with community stakeholders in our efforts to support our students' holistic needs.”

Visit Bayhealth.org/Heart-and-Vascular to learn more about the ways Bayhealth is helping to keep our community heart-healthy.