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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Joins With Ford Driving Skills For Life

Pilot Program Designed to Help Save Lives, Improve Skills of Teen Drivers

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) and Ford Driving Skills for Life have launched a pilot program aimed at keeping teen drivers safe.

Ford Driving Skills for Life is a national safety initiative created by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and a panel of safety experts to help young drivers improve their skills in key areas that are critical factors in teen vehicle crashes.  Vehicle crashes is the leading cause of death for American teenagers, claiming nearly 5,000 lives each year. Crash rates are highest during a teen’s first few hundred miles on the road.

The www.drivingskillsforlife.comwebsite offers training, tools and free resources to help teens become safer drivers.  The program focuses on skills in four key areas that are critical factors in more than 60 percent of teen vehicle crashes:

  • Hazard Recognition
  • Vehicle Handling
  • Space Management
  • Speed Management

Ford asked SJMO to partner in a pilot project to involve health care organizations that already see firsthand the often tragic outcomes of vehicle crashes involving teens.  In this pilot partnership, SJMO will help spread the word about this issue and the resources available through Ford Driving Skills for Life. 

One measure of success will be the number of constituency hits on and the number of people reached through SJMO newsletters and distribution of materials.  Officials at Ford and SJMO hope this pilot will serve as a successful model for other Trinity Health facilities.  Teens and their parents and grandparents are invited to visit the website to learn more about safe driving.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit  For Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit
About Ford Motor Company and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services builds communities through partnerships that support education, driving safety and American heritage and community life.  Established in 1949 and made possible by funding from Ford Motor Company, its programs include Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, which provides high school students with academically rigorous, interactive learning experiences, and Ford Driving Skills for Life – an award-winning, teen-focused auto safety initiative.  Through the Volunteer Corps, more than 20,000 Ford employees and retirees participate in a wide range of volunteer projects in dozens of countries. For more information, visit


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