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 sign up your student, please make sure to click on the Consent For Screening button below.

2019-20 SCHEDULE

The Rhythm Of Our Youth screening will be offered free of charge to students at the following high schools:


    Screenings on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019


    Screenings on March 31-April 1, 2020

Grateful for Free Cardiac Screening

When Polly Ward received an email from Minooka High School in the fall of 2016 about a free, cardiac screening program being offered at the school through Morris Hospital, she didn’t hesitate to sign up her two teenagers. Polly remembered hearing stories about seemingly healthy, active kids who died suddenly due to undiagnosed heart conditions. … READ MORE



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