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Bucks County Recognized for Efforts to Treat Concussion Patients

Bucks County recognized for efforts to treat concussion patients

By Joan Hellyer Staff Writer

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-31, presented a citation on behalf of the Bucks County state lawmakers' delegation to Bucks County SAFE KIDS at St. Mary Medical Center and the Comprehensive Concussion Program of Bucks County on Tuesday. Attending the presentation were (from left to right) Mitch Vidovich, from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office, State Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, Kimberly M. Everett, Trauma Prevention Coordinator, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Barry J. Galasso, Executive Director Bucks County Intermediate Unit No. 22, Sara Krusen, Bucks County Intermediate Unit No. BrainSTEPS Team Leader, and Santarsiero.

Bucks SAFE KIDS was recognized Tuesday for its efforts in developing a standardized tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes, officials said.

The initiative, led by the trauma department at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown, uses Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, also known as ImPACT, to serve about 7,500 student athletes in 21 public and private high schools and middle schools in the county.

The effort has increased awareness of recognizing the signs of a concussion, said state Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-31, who presented a citation to representatives of SAFE KIDS and the Comprehensive Concussion Program of Bucks County on behalf of the area's state lawmaker delegation.

"Bucks SAFE KIDS has been there year round to provide information to coaches, players and parents about preventing concussions and then making sure the brain fully heals from a concussion," Santarsiero said in a news release.

For more information about the Bucks SAFE KIDS program, call 215-710-2000 or go to