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Project READY: An opportunity to experience the consequences of risk-taking

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

At Prisma Health–Midlands, we believe that since risk-taking is a natural part of adolescence, our youth need the opportunity to see the consequences of their choices. Project READY (Realistic Education about Dying Young), a reality-based injury prevention program, exposes teens and young adults ages 13-21 to the Prisma Health Richland Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center and the physical and emotional outcomes of risk-taking behaviors and traumatic injury.

During a Project READY session, participants will:

  • Talk with trauma surgeons and emergency room doctors.
  • Touch and feel the real equipment used to treat injuries in the operating room.
  • See inside a real emergency room, trauma bay and morgue.
  • Interact with physical, occupational, and speech therapists and experience firsthand the daily challenges experienced by injured trauma patients.

Presentation topics include risk behaviors that lead to traumatic injury such as gun violence, domestic violence, distracted driving, reckless driving, driving under the influence, alcohol and substance use, and methods to prevent and protect ourselves from injury, such as weapons safety, seat belt use and helmet use.
2019–2020 Project READY Schedule

  • Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.
  • Saturday Dec. 7, 2019.
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020.

All sessions will be held at the Prisma Health Richland Hospital auditorium, 5 Richland Medical Park Dr., Columbia, South Carolina, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Interested in attending an upcoming session? Registration opens six (6) weeks before each Project READY session. To register, call Care Call at 296-CARE (296-2273). Registration is required to participate. For more information, contact Lara Peck, Injury Prevention Coordinator, 803-434-6231 or

About Prisma Health
Prisma Health, a not-for-profit health company, is committed to excellence in patient care, clinical research and teaching the next generation of medical professionals. Our organization – South Carolina’s largest private employer – was formed when Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health joined together in late 2017, officially becoming Prisma Health in January 2019. With 32,000 team members (including volunteers), 18 hospitals and over 300 physician practice sites, we serve more than 1.2 million patients annually – about a quarter of the state’s population. Our goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care. Our cardiovascular, neuroscience, OB/GYN, oncology and orthopedic programs attract patients throughout the region. Also noteworthy are our two renowned children’s hospitals, comprehensive diabetes care and extensive primary care network. Ultimately, we are dedicated to transforming the health care experience for our patients and families, our team members and guests by bringing our purpose to life: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference. Learn more at

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