The SoutheastHEALTH Ambassadors are a volunteer group of devoted community members who support the goals of the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation, especially in the area of cardiology. Their objective is to provide community outreach to educate residents about the prevention and treatment of heart disease and the importance of responding properly and quickly when symptoms of heart attack occur.
SoutheastHEALTH physicians Steven Carr, MD and Chizor Iwuchukwu, MD, serve as physician champions to the Ambassadors.
As one of its many programs to support heart health, this fund finances the annual distribution of free AED devices and CPR kits to area schools, churches and other non-profit organizations. Recipients are chosen through an annual grant program.
Kyle Thompson, Ambassador Board Chairman, notes that sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age. "An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and it is an easy-to-operate device for someone with no medical background. For this reason, the Ambassadors see the distribution of AEDs in the community as a worthy mission," he added.