April 2, 2014
Good Samaritan Hospital in partnership with the Aram Chowdhury Foundation hosted a Parent/Teen Safety Driving Program at West Islip Fire Department. The program was developed in response to the staggering statistics for teen car accidents in Suffolk County. Studies have shown the risk of being involved in a car accident is highest for drivers aged 16- to 19-year-olds than any other age group. The Aram Chowdhury Foundation was established after Dr. and Mrs. Chowdhury lost their 18-year-old son Aram, in a car accident 18 years ago involving inexperienced teenage drivers.
“Many teens are testing the limits instead of properly driving a car,” said Ellen Chowdhury, founder of the Aram Chowdhury Foundation. “Teen drivers’ inexperience leads to poor decision making and a greater chance of car accidents.” The Foundation came about 19 years ago after Dr. and Mrs. Chowdhury lost their 18-year-old son Aram, in a car accident involving inexperienced teenagers out for a ride.
More than 130 community members benefitted from Saturday’s driver education program aimed at educating both parents and teens on safe driving skills. The program included retired Suffolk County Police Officer Paul Failla and Director of Good Samaritan’s Trauma Center Maureen Sheridan, RN. Participants heard firsthand how families and victims are affected by these serious accidents. The event also included a car simulator, which emulated real road driving conditions and facilitated in the training and assessment of the teenage driver. Participants also had the opportunity to win raffle prizes and a $1,000 college scholarship.
“If I can save one life, our efforts in memory of my son, Aram, will have been worth it,” said Dr. Chowdhury.
For more information on future programs, call the Office of Public & External Affairs at (631) 376-4104.
Pictured (L-R): Faizur R. Chowdhury, MD, Internal Medicine/Endocrinology, affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital with Meghan Callahan, a sophomore at Patchogue-Medford High School who received a $1,000.00 scholarship for college awarded by the Aram Chowdhury Foundation; Ellen Chowdhury, RN, diabetic educator for Good Samaritan Hospital; and 16-year-old participant Jacob Aram Pullman, Dr. & Mrs. Chowdhury’s grandson and Aram’s namesake.
Manager, Public and External Affairs