Bayhealth Honored by Capital School District for Heart Care of Athletes
The Bayhealth Foundation was recently selected by the Capital School District as a 2023 Inaugural State of Our Schools Partnership Honoree. Bayhealth was recognized for their work with the school district in organizing free electrocardiogram (EKG) screenings for high school students, ages 15 and older.
Designed to boost communication and outreach, the State of Our Schools event highlighted the work done by community partners who work collaboratively with the Capital School District to emphasize the importance of educational excellence, equity, innovation and inclusion.
Two events held in 2022 at Dover High School helped about 100 students get screened for sudden cardiac arrest after they filled out a risk assessment questionnaire and parental consent form. An EKG is a five-minute, non-invasive test to help detect underlying heart conditions. If necessary, Bayhealth also offers an echocardiogram (echo), a test that more closely examines heart function.
For those screened on site, the results were read by one of Bayhealth’s board-certified cardiologists and sent to the student’s primary care physician where they become a part of the student’s medical record.
The screenings were free to students 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.
“We are proud to be recognized for our efforts to offer free, life-saving testing,” said Bayhealth Foundation President Lindsay Rhodenbaugh, DMin. “Investing in the health of our youth sets them on the path to lifelong health.”
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