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Release Date: 9/3/2013

Employees donate more life-saving equipment to community

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 donated money to buy AED’s (automated external defibrillator) for the following:

  1. Oakbridge Community Church in Arnold
  2. Jefferson County Youth Association in Arnold
  3. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in South St. Louis
  4. St. Joseph Catholic Church in Imperial

The above organizations join seven other churches, community centers and athletic associations to receive life-saving medical equipment from St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

Interested organizations can apply for 2014 grants at www.sacf-giving.org

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