Reality-based trauma education

At Prisma Health, we believe that since risk-taking is a natural part of adolescence, our youth need the opportunity to see the consequences of their choices.


We're working to accomplish this goal through Project READY (Realistic Education about Dying Young), our reality-based education program that exposes adolescents to the Prisma Health Richland Level I Trauma Center.

Real-life experiences

During a Project READY session, participants will:

  • Talk with trauma surgeons and Emergency Room (ER) doctors.
  • Touch and feel the real equipment used to treat injuries in the operating room.
  • See inside a real ER, trauma bay, and morgue.
  • Witness a pretend trauma patient scene in the ER.
  • Interact with physical, occupational, and speech therapists and experience firsthand the daily challenges experienced by injured trauma patients.

Presentation topics include risky behaviors that lead to traumatic injury – such as gun violence, domestic violence, distracted driving, reckless driving, driving under the influence and alcohol or substance abuse – and methods to prevent and protect ourselves from injury, such as weapons safety, seatbelt use and helmet use.


Registration opens six weeks prior to each Project READY session. You must register to participate. Presenters in our sessions may include the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) or the National Safety Council of South Carolina (“Alive at 25” program).

April 4 session canceled

Out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of patients and team members due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are canceling the Project READY session scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Session dates for the 2020-21 school year will be posted in July 2020.

2019-2020 Project READY Saturday Schedule
  • Sept. 14, 2019
  • Dec. 7, 2019
  • CANCELED – April 4, 2020

All sessions will be held from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Call 803-296-CARE (2273) to register.

Some presentations will include graphic images of injured trauma patients which may be disturbing to teens. There will be adult supervision during sessions (parents may drop-off and pick-up their child). A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to registered participants. Participants must be ages 13–21 to be eligible.


Prisma Health Richland Hospital Auditorium
5 Richland Medical Park Dr.
Columbia SC 29203

For more information about Project READY, please contact Lara Peck at 803-434-6231 or

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