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Release Date: 6/11/2013

Employees give thousands for healthier hearts

Heart FUNd Committee

Employees Donate More Than $38,000 to Help Others

 South St. Louis County - Each year in Missouri, more than a quarter of all deaths are due to heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parts of the St. Louis metropolitan area report much higher rates of heart disease-related deaths than other areas of the state. The need for heart health awareness is growing and ongoing.

St. Anthony’s Medical Center in south St. Louis County, and its St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation, have taken up the challenge of supporting heart-healthy programs for staff and the community. Through a spring 2013 initiative called the St. Anthony’s Heart Care FUNd, clinical and nonclinical staff alike raised $38,667 to be divided among various programs and services:

  • Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR Anytime kits and other heart-healthy capital needs for area nonprofits. AEDs are used to detect and stop certain life-threatening heart arrhythmias by applying electrical therapy; CPR Anytime kits teach people how to help those needing cardiopulmonary resuscitation or choking assistance.
  • The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk fund raiser.
  • St. Anthony’s own employee wellness initiative and cardiac rehab services.

St. Anthony’s staff raised the funds through a variety of fun and engaging activities, including a trivia night; sales of baked goods, T-shirts and cookbooks; a “Wear Red for Heart Health” donation day; and a kickball tournament.

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