SoutheastHEALTH Ambassadors Award AED Devices to Community Organizations

October 29, 2018
AED recipients 2018

Sudden cardiac arrest is a killer. Rapid intervention is crucial to survival.

With those facts in mind, the SoutheastHEALTH Ambassadors, an arm of the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation, once again this year have purchased automated external defibrillators (AED), the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during a sudden cardiac arrest. 

The devices were recently awarded to 11 community organizations through an application/greatest need process. Money for the AEDs was raised through Ambassador fundraising efforts such as “Coins for Cardiac” and a red wine and chocolate pairing.

Ambassadors President Tyler Cuba noted that the group is specifically committed to supporting the Foundation’s HeartStrong Fund which is a resource to provide funding for programs to address cardiovascular disorders and prevention. “Being able to provide AEDs for community organizations fulfills a documented need. Statistics show that the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is less than 5 percent. But if a defibrillator is used within five minutes, the survival rate increases to 50 percent. These devices are truly lifesavers.” He added that organizations receiving the devices will be trained on their use. 

AED recipients were St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Wells, the Perryville Fire Department, Leopold R-III School District, Jackson Senior Center, St. Ambrose Catholic School in Chaffee, Harmony Congressional Methodist Church in Marble Hill and Nell Holcomb School, Early Childhood Center, Cape Youth Tackle Football and VIP Industries in Cape Girardeau. The Ambassadors awarded 10 AEDs in 2017, the first year for this project. 

Additional AEDs will be awarded in the fall of 2019. Applications are accepted now through May 31, 2019. Apply for an AED Today