| "Rhythm Of Our Youth" started 3 years ago by staff members at the hospital and is modeled from the "Young Hearts for Life" program. Out of 2000 students between 15 - 18 die each year due to Sudden Cardiac Death. The quick EKG's take only 3 to 5 minutes to screen each student. Rhythm Of Our Youth screens all high school kids, not just the athletes. These are free screenings for kids and schools.
The first screening was on August 5th,2016 and since then they have screened 3000 local kids. The local schools are all within the Morris Hospital area including: Gardner, Morris, Minooka Central Campus, Minooka South Campus, Coal City, Premier Academy, Newark and Seneca.
In order for students to be tested the parents must register the students via the website or paper contracts. These screenings take place in the gym and happen during P.E., Study Hall, and Health. The EKG results are given to the students (patients) only and their personal information is not kept. The school and parents have no financial obligations. The school prints all the labels & give the volunteers the folders with the students information. (Name,DOB,Student ID.)
Volunteers are vital to have this program function. They are background checked before events and do an orientation. During the event the volunteers administer the EKG's to the students.
A Morris student had an abnormal EKG and ended up being diagnosed with Morphan Syndrome. So far the program had identified 63 students that have had irregular EKG's, and were sent out for further testing. The program is funded by the Morris Hospital Foundation and Morris Hospital Auxiliary. They were able to purchase 15 EKG machines for this program.