JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Emory Johns Creek hospital hosted its annual 5K Scrub Run and community health festival on May 18. 

Along with the 5K run and walk and 100-yard dash for children 10 and under, the family-friendly festival included face painting, a bouncy house, free food, music and dozens of local vendors. Free health screenings were offered, including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) calculations. 

“Our annual 5K and health festival have become an incredible tradition of fun and fitness in Johns Creek,” hospital CEO Marilyn Margolis said.  

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chattahoochee High School Cross Country Team and the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Foundation.

The event also featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the hospital’s new adaptive vehicle, made possible thanks to a Leadership Johns Creek’s project. This car will help train people with mild cognitive impairments, injuries and disabilities to drive safely.

Leadership Johns Creek is a program that fosters local leadership talent through educational workshops and a community service project. This year’s class partnered with Emory Johns Creek to bring an adaptive vehicle to the city. 

When public transportation is limited, the ability to drive is paramount to a person’s ability to work, live independently and stay connected to the community, said Kay Halbert, director of Rehabilitation Services at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

“If [a patient has] had a stroke, they’re often dependent on their friends or family members to go anywhere, to enjoy social life or even think about going back to work,” Halbert said. 

Nearly 200 people a year turn to Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s Driving Rehabilitation Services after an injury or illness, such as amputation, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease or stroke.

Driving rehab specialists work with doctors to assess an individual’s driving ability, recommend vehicle modifications and train individuals so they are able to drive safely. Once training with adaptive vehicle equipment is complete, specialists can work with patients and a dealer for installation of proper adaptive equipment in the patient’s personal vehicle.

Through Leadership Johns Creek and the project’s sponsors, patients from Johns Creek and surrounding cities no longer have to travel to Atlanta to receive adaptive vehicle training and assessment.

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