TGMC Participates in Sudden Impact Louisiana


Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) has partnered with Louisiana State Police (LSP)in a program called Sudden Impact Louisiana. Sudden Impact provides testimony to the ramifications of driving while distracted from medical professionals, law enforcement, victim’s and victim’s family’s perspectives.LSP and TGMC Emergency department nurses Nancy Yzaguirre, director, Kayla Rhodes, Danielle Davis, and Lisa Mimnagh assisted in the program attended by Vanderbilt Catholic High School students. Sudden Impact aims to educate students beginning at the sophomore high school level on making good decisions while driving.

Students are provided with a full day of classroom education and presentations by LSP, TGMC Emergency department staff, LOPA, and family of victims killed or seriously injured in car crashes. The program concludes with a tour of TGMC’s trauma rooms and critical care unit. In their junior year, students view a mock crash with student and parent actors as well as the arrival of the LSP and paramedics. The scene is so realistic, that even an actor is carried away in a body bag. During their senior year, they will attend a mock trial where they see the results of one bad decision and the effects it has not only on the student and their family, but the victim’s family as well.

“TGMC is committed to the health and safety of our community’s residents at all ages. We are proud to partner with LSP to bring this program to students in our local schools,” said Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO of TGMC. “It is our sincere hope that Sudden Impact will empower our young drivers to make the right decision when getting behind the wheel.”Our plan is to be able to present this program to all local high schools.

For more information on the program you can go to Sudden Impact Louisiana’s Facebook page or call 504-903-3181.


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