Eagle Scout Project Takes Flight With a Boost From Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine
News December 06, 2021
Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital is supporting a local Boy Scout in his quest to become an Eagle Scout. The nursing leadership team purchased emergency materials to help Somonauk resident Grant Mantzke complete a community service project that enhances the safety of students.

Mantzke, a member of Boy Scout Troop 5, is making 29 emergency kits for Somonauk Middle School as his community project. These kits will include such items as flashlights, Mylar emergency blankets, whistles, gloves and vests to identify teachers and leaders.

Nursing leaders from Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital presented Mantzke with donations for his project, including a trauma kit, four tourniquets and CPR masks.

“It is truly wonderful that this young gentleman is focused on a project to help our local schools during an emergency,” said Beth Mosher, MSN, RN, director of Clinical and Administrative Operations at Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital. “Northwestern Medicine is proud to support efforts to educate and prepare our community for potential emergency situations or natural disasters. As we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, our community is stronger when we all support each other.”

Mantzke is a Life Scout working toward his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts. To become an Eagle Scout, members must complete a service project that benefits the community and demonstrates leadership.

Pictured from left-to-right: Kristie Demayo, manager of Patient Care Obstetrics and Surgical Services; Ashley Brown, manager of Patient Care, Medical/Surgical and ICU; Grant Mantzke, Eagle Scout Candidate, Boy Scout Troop 5; Belinda Carlson, manager of Patient Care, Emergency Department; and Beth Mosher, director of Clinical and Administrative Operations.

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