Representatives from some of the 14 organizations that received AEDs from St. Anthony's.
Automated external defibrillators (AED) save lives. In those first few moments after the heart is out of rhythm, an AED can both diagnose the problem and shock the heart back into rhythm. Without immediate treatment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an AED, a heart that is out of rhythm can lead to irreversible brain damage or death. That damage often becomes permanent in less time than it takes for a paramedic to arrive or for a patient to be transported to an emergency room.
For those reasons, St. Anthony’s Employee Wellness Heart Care Fund, working with St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation, has donated another 20 AEDs to 14 community organizations. The donation includes the AED, pediatric pads, a second battery, a case to hang on the wall in a visible way, signage and an instructional DVD. St. Anthony’s employees raised more than $42,000 this year through a variety of fundraisers to cover the cost of the AED donations. Over the last two years, St. Anthony’s has donated 36 AEDs to community organizations.
This year’s AED recipients are Annunciation Parish, Assumption Parish of Mattese, Concord Church, Concordia Turners Gymnastics Society, Endangered Wolf Center, Fellowship First Baptist Church, Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Pony Bird, St. Catherine Labouré Church and School, St. Matthias the Apostle Parish, St. Simon the Apostle Parish, Second Baptist Church, Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK), and Trautwein Elementary School.
The Heart Care Fund also provided a grant to Places for People to pay for medical equipment, including a treadmill and blood pressure monitor. The fund also donated money to St. Anthony’s Cardiac Rehab to cover the cost of some cardiac rehab sessions.
"We are thrilled to be able to give back to our community in this way,” said Dr. David Morton, Office of the President and Chief Medical Officer. “It is an honor for us to be able to care for and work to improve the health of our community.”
“We hope these AEDs never have to be used; but if something does happen, we are proud to know these gifts could help save a life,” said Patti Reed, co-chairwoman of the Employee Wellness Heart Care Fund campaign. “Everyone who bought a T-shirt, attended the trivia night or helped out with any of the other dozens of fundraisers deserves to share in the appreciation we received from these organizations.”