Submitted by SCAFoundation on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 12:00am

Centegra Health System Offers Youth Screening for Sage Products families

CARY, IL--Many employees of Sage Products LLC will take their kids to work Saturday, Nov. 23. It won’t be business as usual, however, when the families arrive in Cary. Sage employees have been invited to bring their children to free cardiac and concussion screenings through a special program offered by Centegra Health System, which is funded by a $100,000 donation from Sage. This gift makes screenings available to teens throughout McHenry County.
 

Sage employee Lisa Lindeman will bring her 14-year-old son, Grant, for concussion screening. He plays youth football in Palatine and does not have access to the screening through his local football organization.

“Six weeks ago my older son, Jake, suffered a concussion while playing in a high school football game,” Lindeman said. “He missed most of the season and he still experiences headaches from time to time. I want to be sure my younger son has the concussion screening so we have a baseline to compare it to in case he gets an injury.”

In August, Sage Products donated $100,000 to support Centegra’s Youth Screenings Program, which provides concussion and cardiac screenings to teens in greater McHenry County. The Sage donation supports Centegra’s effort to provide the screenings at a minimal cost so every teen in the area can receive the life-saving screenings.

Mike Nygren is another Sage employee whose son will receive a screening this weekend. All three of his sons received concussion screenings through their youth and high school football programs, however none of them have been screened for underlying conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death.

“I’m bringing my oldest son, Scott, in for cardiac screening,” Nygren said. “As a coach, I have known about sudden cardiac death in young athletes and I’ve even received training on how to use an emergency defibrillator. Until Sage and Centegra teamed up for this program, we have not had this kind of access to cardiac screening. That’s why we’re taking advantage of this now. With Sage’s gift, these screenings will be available to more young people in our community.”

Celine Pope, wellness manager with Centegra, said, “Sage Products asked us to provide these screenings to help employees understand the risks associated with concussions and cardiac issues. By supporting these screenings with a substantial gift, Sage shows its commitment to the wellbeing of our community’s children.”

The goal of Centegra’s concussion screening is to prevent second-impact syndrome, which is a repeated concussion that occurs before the brain has healed from the initial traumatic brain injury. Second impact syndrome can result in brain swelling, permanent brain damage or even death.

SOURCE: PR Web