Rhythm of Our Youth

Working in collaboration with area high schools, Morris Hospital has screened thousands of students for cardiac abnormalities that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

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 Student Consent Form button below.

2018-19 SCHEDULE

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

  • COAL CITY HIGH SCHOOL: 

    Screenings on Tuesday, September 11

  • MORRIS HIGH SCHOOL: 

    Screenings on Tuesday, September 18

  • NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL: 

    Screenings on Wednesday, October 10

  • SENECA HIGH SCHOOL: 

    Screenings on Tuesday, November 27

  • MINOOKA HIGH SCHOOL – SOUTH CAMPUS: 

    Screenings on Feb. 5-6, 2019

  • PREMIER ACADEMY: 

    Screenings on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

  • MINOOKA HIGH SCHOOL – CENTRAL CAMPUS: 

    Screenings on Feb. 20-21, 2019

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

 

MORE INFORMATION

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