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Rhythm of Our Youth

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) claims more than 2,000 lives of children and adolescents in the United States each year. SCD is also responsible for approximately 3-5% of deaths that occur in children between the ages of 5-19. Most victims of SCD have had underlying heart conditions. However, many heart defects in today’s youth remain undiagnosed.

In an effort to prevent the occurrence of such tragic deaths, Morris Hospital has created a cardiac screening program called Rhythm of Our Youth (ROOY), with funding provided by generous donors to the Morris Hospital Foundation. Working in collaboration with area high schools, ROOY strives to detect existing cardiac abnormalities, so the risks of SCD are minimized. Our program will accomplish this by completing a painless 3-minute test known as an ECG, or electrocardiogram. Results from these tests will assist with early identification of cardiac defects that have been known to lead to SCD, which can ultimately save a student’s life.

To learn more about this lifesaving screening, view our Rhythm of Our Youth video.

(In order to participate in the screening, students must be enrolled in the school where the screening is being offered.)

2024-25 school year Rhythm of Our Youth schedule:

  • Coal City H.S. – September 12, 2024
  • Morris H.S. – September 18, 2024
  • Minooka H.S. (South Campus) – October 29 & 30, 2024
  • Minooka H.S. (Central Campus) – February 11 & 12, 2025
  • Wilmington H.S. – February 27, 2025
  • Seneca H.S. – March 20, 2025


To sign up your student, please click on the Consent For Screening button below.


To learn how you can volunteer your time to Rhythm of our Youth, or to see some of our Frequently Asked Questions, please click on the buttons below: