Contact Us

Hurley Medical Center Receives $5,011 Donation from Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation

courtesy Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, Hurley Medical Center

The Hurley Foundation has received a $5,011 donation from the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation and a donation from HealthPlus. The funds will be used to purchase mobile cardiac equipment, which will enable Hurley to continue providing teen heart screenings for free, for teenagers throughout Genesee County and beyond.

The Foundation was created in memory of Thomas N. Smith, 17, a Flushing High School senior, who passed away in January 2011 from an undiagnosed, enlarged heart. The foundation was set up so Thomas’ memory will live on by helping young athletes and through “teen heart screenings.”

The special one-of-a-kind program offers an in-depth heart screening that includes a medical history, blood pressure check and an ECG. Echocardiograms will also be provided if needed. The screening looks for evidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a serious condition that can cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes as well as in students engaging in physical activity or exercise.

“The screening takes about 30 minutes,: says Dr. Jim Weber, ER Physician on staff at Hurley. “Those 30 minutes may save a student’s life or provide peace of mind for parents concerned about their child’s risk of sudden cardiac death and premature hypertension.”

“Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the single most common cause of death among U.S. athletes. Nearly 4,000 of those deaths are among young people. And 1 in 200,000 high school athletes will die suddenly, most without any prior symptoms. This Hurley Teen Health Check could save a teenager’s life,” adds Dr. Brian Nolan, Director of Clinical Pediatrics at Hurley Medical Center.

The screening program was first developed at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit in 2007 with the intention of identifying high school age students who might be at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and other cardiovascular complications. To date, more than 7,000 teens have been screened in Michigan.

More from WFNT

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wfnt.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Flint's News Talk quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on Flint's News Talk quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!