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Sage gives $100,000 to youth health program

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 4:05 p.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – Sage Products LLC donated $100,000 to the Centegra Health System Foundation to pay for youth health screenings.

“We are honored by this generous gift from our partners at Sage Products,” Centegra Health System President Michael Eesley said in a news release. “As an international health industry leader, Sage shares our dedication to providing local access to state-of-the-art care and services.”

Sage, a Cary-based health-care products manufacturer, is one of the county’s largest employers. The company and its executives have donated money to nonprofit groups and social service organizations throughout McHenry County.

The youth screenings program provides concussion and cardiac screenings to teens in McHenry County. The donation will help Centegra provide the screenings at a minimal cost, increasing access to services that can potentially save lives. The gift also raises awareness of the importance and availability of the screenings.

“Sage Products is proud to support this important program, which will care for many of our employees’ children and family members,” Sage Products President and CEO Scott Brown said in a news release. “We have been impressed with Centegra’s program, which helps parents understand the risks associated with concussions and cardiac issues. Centegra is teaching parents and coaches that effective and timely treatment is essential to keeping our teens safe.”

The goal of concussion screening is to prevent second-impact syndrome, which is a repeated concussion that occurs before the brain has healed from the initial injury. It can result in brain swelling, permanent brain damage or even death.

Centegra’s concussion baseline screening is a two-part cognitive and balance test that determines a student’s cognitive function and balance before a concussion occurs. If the student has a concussion, the physician can determine whether the student’s brain has fully healed by comparing the post-concussion test with the initial concussion screening.

Centegra’s cardiac screening program aims to prevent sudden cardiac death, which is the result of unexpected heart failure usually during or immediately after exercise. When sudden cardiac death occurs, the athlete collapses, loses consciousness and ultimately dies unless normal heart rhythm is restored using an automated external defibrillator.

Centegra’s program is unique among other youth cardiac screening programs because clinical professionals perform the EKGs and echocardiograms. Centegra clinically manages testing, with the schools and parent volunteers performing administrative duties.

“Centegra Health System is so appreciative that Sage Products made this donation,” Susan Milford, senior vice president of strategy and development at Centegra, said in a news release. “We are passionate about this program, and Sage’s support reflects our shared commitment to our community. Sage Products has guaranteed that thousands of area teens will receive these potentially life-saving screenings.”

For information about the screenings program, visit 

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