CHICO, Calif., May 19, 2016 – For his work and sponsorship of Chico’s ThinkFirst injury prevention program, Neurosurgeon Dr. Jeffrey Lobosky was awarded the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation’s “Sponsoring Physician of the Year” during the organization’s awards luncheon celebration at its national conference on injury prevention in Chicago Sunday, May 1.
The awards program honors exceptional individuals and chapters demonstrating excellence. The “Sponsoring Physician of the Year” award recognizes a sponsoring physician who has advanced the mission and programs of ThinkFirst in a significant way, by exhibiting a high level of involvement and leadership on the local, state and/or national level and for active participation beyond the standard requirements of a sponsoring physician.
Passionate Injury Prevention Advocate for Over 30 Years
Dr. Lobosky is an active neurosurgeon at Enloe Medical Center in Chico and is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF Medical Center. He started the local chapter of ThinkFirst in 1988, served as its physician leader since that time, and worked at the national level from 1992 to 2001, including as chairman of the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000. Additionally, with Ann Burton, Dr. Lobosky led a task force to develop ThinkFirst for Kids (for grades 1 through 8).
Dr. Lobosky also founded the local “Heads Up” bicycle helmet safety program in 1990, which educated hundreds of school children on the importance on wearing a bicycle helmet.
“Dr. Lobosky’s team made an impression on the children, parents and teachers through demonstrations, dropping melons on the gymnasium floor. From then on children all over Butte County could be easily seen proudly donning their brightly colored bicycle helmets,” said Judy Cline, MSN, RN, CFRN, ThinkFirst’s Chapter Director and Enloe’s director of the Emergency Department & Trauma Services.
In addition to his work with ThinkFirst and Heads Up, Dr. Lobosky took a lead role in the “Every 15 Minutes” program, educating high school children on the dangers of drinking and driving. Also, he was an invited speaker to the California State Senate committee hearing on mandating motorcycle helmets in California. The law was passed.
“We consider ourselves quite fortunate to be supported by such a dynamic and passionate neurosurgeon,” said Cline.
The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation aims to help kids, teens and young adults realize the importance of making safe choices to lower their risk for brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as other traumatic injuries, through education, research and advocacy.
The local chapter, Think First Chico, is one of only seven chapters in California. Currently they are actively focused on ThinkFirst for Kids. With this program, Enloe visit 3rd and 4th graders at local elementary schools for about 45 minutes weekly for six weeks, covering safety topics that include bicycle safety, water safety, playground safety, and what to do if they find a weapon, such as a gun.
To learn more about ThinkFirst, visit www.thinkfirst.org.
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