Emma Czaporowski proudly wears her new bike helmet from Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
A group of hospital staff members from Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, who also happen to be avid cyclists, spent the afternoon of Thursday, August 5 making area children a little safer. Hospital President, Joan Sullivan, joined by Dr. Joseph Lellman, Dr. Richard Gerstein, Peter Ouellette, PT, and Shair Frigon, RN, properly fitted 114 area children with free bike helmets in the hospital courtyard.
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital received the helmets through a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, to assist in reducing the number of bicycle, skateboard, and rollerblade-related fatalities and injuries on the roadways. The hospital was among 157 not-for-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth to participate in this project, which issued a total of 14,490 bike helmets.
“There are many benefits to wearing a bike helmet,” noted Dr. Lellman, an orthopedic surgeon at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “Most helmets are brightly colored so drivers can see you better and will take you more seriously. A helmet also provides protection from weather, including the sun. But the main reason to wear a helmet is to protect your brain from the peak energy of a sharp impact. Proper fit is the key to assuring your children are actually going to be protected by their bike helmets,” said Dr. Lellman. If helmets are too loose, they will not protect their heads properly, and if the straps are too tight, they won’t wear them because they are uncomfortable.”
Dr Lellman, who has been involved in competitive road biking and cyclocross racing since 1993, added that “It’s wonderful to be part of a hospital that has a passion for providing outstanding health care to families and their children in our community, and that also has so many employees with an interest in cycling”.
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, a member of Baystate Health, offers a wide spectrum of services including 24-hour emergency services, inpatient and outpatient surgical care, orthopedics, intensive care, the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, women’s health and pediatrics.