April 16, 2014

Improve driving skills, save money with the AARP Driving Course at Gottlieb

MELROSE PARK, Ill. (April 16, 2014) – The extreme winter put many driver’s skills to the test and for some, identified an area for improvement. Now many Chicagoans can take a driving refresher course to increase their driving skills and also lower their insurance rates.

“Driving is a privilege that most adults value the most and view as key to their independence,” said Janette Johns, activity director, Transitional Care Unit, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. “Being a safe and competent driver not only safeguards the privilege of driving but makes the roads safer for everyone."

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is partnering with AARP to offer a 9 a.m.-1 p.m. driving course on Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22, in the Professional Office Building room E, 675 W. North Ave, in Melrose Park. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The eight-hour course is taught in two consecutive four-hour sessions. To receive the completion certificate that may entitle the participant to an insurance discount, depending on the carrier, the class must be attended both days.

Did You Know?

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35 percent of traffic violations for drivers older than 55 are for a failure to yield the proper right of way.
  • Your hands should be placed in the 8 and 4 o’clock or 9 and 3 o’clock position on the steering wheel.
  • Vision changes that affect driving start at age 40.
  • While driving, there should be 10 to 12 inches between your chest and the steering wheel.
  • You should allow a space of three seconds or more behind the car you are following.

Drivers have to be 55 to be eligible for an AARP course completion discount in Illinois, and it is up to the insurance company to determine the amount.

In 2013, the AARP driving course had 15,225 participants and it was offered in English and Spanish.

Approximately 80 percent of AARP course graduates report that taking the course has resulted in a positive change in their driving behavior.

To register for the course or for more information, please contact Janette Johns at (708) 681-3200 ext. 2408.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.