Memorial Hospital Recognized

by ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation


GULFPORT, Miss. —Memorial Hospital ThinkFirst Chapter was recognized as the 2016 Chapter of the Year by the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation at its annual conference in Chicago, Ill. on May 1.


The Chapter of the Year award recognizes a high-performing chapter that demonstrates exemplary service and productivity. It is based on conducting activities supporting each of the core components of the ThinkFirst mission—education (brain and spinal cord injury prevention), research and advocacy.


“We were thrilled to receive this award on behalf of all of our community partners,” said Heather Sudduth, Occupational Therapist, Memorial Hospital ThinkFirst Chapter Director. “When the community works together we can provide a safer environment for all of the children along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”


Over the last ten years, Memorial ThinkFirst Chapter has received approximately $375,000 in grant funding to present the ThinkFirst for Kids and ThinkFirst for Teens programs and have touched the lives of approximately 42,000 students at schools throughout Central and South Mississippi. Forms of outreach included bicycle, car, pedestrian, All Terrain Vehicles, equine and water safety.