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Riverside Healthcare’s Liz DeLong Recognized for Excellence in Pediatric Care

Ron E. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Community Service


KANKAKEE, IL (May 25, 2017) – Riverside’s Liz DeLong, MSN, CEN, is passionate about keeping teens from texting and driving. She has seen firsthand the pain and suffering distracted driving can cause. Her passion for educating the community about the consequences of texting and driving has earned her the Ron E. Lee, MD Pediatric Care Community Service Award presented by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children.

The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives. Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.

DeLong started meeting with area schools three years ago with a mission: to get the message to area teens that they can choose to put their phones down and not engage in distracted driving. Her dedication and efforts shaped a new program, the Distracted Driving Program, which teaches students to put their phone down and wait to text. To date, DeLong and her team have visited eight different schools, spanning three counties and have estimated that 1,280 students have participated in this program.

In addition to the Distracted Driving Program, DeLong assists with the Pre-Prom programs at each area school, where the program is offered. Both the Distracted Driving and Pre-Prom programs not only educate the public on waiting to text but empower the participants to stand up and speak to their peers about putting the phone down while driving.

For more information about Riverside Healthcare and its award winning services, visit www.RiversideHealthcare.org.