FMC Staff Members Receive Firefly Award for Concussion Education Campaign

FMC Staff Members Receive Firefly Award Two Fairfield Medical Center staff members were recently honored with the Firefly Award from the Adult, Family and Children First Council of Fairfield County for partnering with the Safe Kids Coalition and Injury Prevention Team to educate the community about concussion symptoms and prevention.

Carolyn Gilliam, physical medicine manager at FMC, and Leigh Spring, certified athletic trainer at Lancaster High School, were presented with the award on Nov. 19 at Alley Park in Lancaster. As part of their collaboration with the Safe Kids Coalition and Injury Prevention Team, four educational fliers were created and an event was coordinated for local athletes and community members that featured a speaker who had suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a concussion.

“It is certainly nice to be recognized by your peers in the community for something that matters,” Gilliam said. “It was especially rewarding that the four fliers we developed for education on concussions and proper helmet fit were reviewed by the state evaluator and taken to state to share with others. I had a great team of our three athletic trainers who worked with me on this project and they all did an awesome job, especially Leigh Spring, who arranged for a speaker to come talk to athletes about traumatic brain injury. The speaker was great and was able to keep the attention of more than 50 people – 30 of them athletes – for over two hours.”

The Firefly Award was created to recognize those who have worked alongside the Adult, Family and Children First Council to create energy and light by their collaborative work. These award winners are able to provide just what is needed at just the right time.

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