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St. Mary’s TIPS program receives CSXT grant

St. Mary's received a $20,000 grant from CSX

Pictured are: (L to R) St. Mary’s Matthew Herbert, TIPS Educator; Christy Franklin, director of St. Mary’s Regional Neuroscience and Orthopedic Centers; Randy Cheetham, CSX regional vice president for the Northeast Region; Robert Welty, President of Fifth Third Bank, West Virginia and current Chairman of St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation board; and David Sheils, president of St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation board.

(HUNTINGTON)—The St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation has received a $20,000 grant from CSX Transportation (CSXT) for the St. Mary’s Transportation Injury Prevention and Safety (TIPS) program.

“For many years, St. Mary’s has had a vested interest in transportation safety and prevention of injury,” said Christy Franklin, director of St. Mary’s Regional Neuroscience Center. “The support of CSXT will only help to improve our efforts. Their contribution to the program demonstrates their concern for the community and the health and safety of youth in our area.”

Since 2005, St. Mary’s has offered the TIPS program to school-aged children in cooperation with the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute. The grant from CSXT will allow the incorporation of an Operation Lifesaver curriculum, which focuses on railway safety.

“This contribution will facilitate several educational opportunities regarding transportation safety for our local schools and organizations,” said Robert Welty, president of Fifth Third Bank, West Virginia, and current chairman of St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation board. “So we are truly grateful for CSXT’s support.”

“CSXT has a long history of partnering with St. Mary’s Medical Center and is proud to once again join with St. Mary’s by sponsoring the TIPS program,” said J. Randolph Cheetham, Regional Vice President, State Government Affairs, for CSXT. “One of CSXT’s core values is, ‘Safety is a way of life.’ The TIPS program promotes safety for children and families in our area and CSXT is pleased to provide funding for these efforts.”

The TIPS program is designed to educate youth in grades K-12. The goal of TIPS is preventing injury from improper and unsafe use in or around motorized and non-motorized recreation vehicles and automobiles, as well as other forms of transportation. For more information about TIPS, call Herbert at (304) 526-1899.

CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. CSX’s network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX’s network connects more than 240 short line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at on Fa,cebook (, or on Twitter (

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