SHELBYVILLE, IL – On February 22 and 23, Michael Queary, RN and manager of the HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital emergency department, taught some basic first aid lessons to 100 fourth graders at the Moulton Grade School in Shelbyville. The lessons came at the invitation of the 4-H Operation Safe Kids program coordinator.
4-H Extension Program Coordinator Yolanda Nation said, “Operation Safe Kids works to help children at the fourth grade age who are beginning to find themselves without parental supervision in their homes. The focus is to teach kids a variety of ways to stay safe with lessons in first aid safety, internet safety, personal safety, food safety and kitchen safety.”
Queary reminded the students the importance of washing their hands and demonstrated ways to avoid spreading germs. He taught the children to remain calm, to be aware of their surroundings and to be certain they are safe before they help someone else. He recapped the importance of calling 911 in the event of a true emergency.
He also taught the students to apply direct pressure to open wounds and how to apply a rudimentary splint until help arrives.
“We are always happy to help the children in our community,” said Queary. “As a father and a registered nurse, we want to empower students in ways to be safe and equipped to handle an emergency.”
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.