Children's Hospital Recognizes Schools Helping to Fight Heart Disease

Children’s Hospital recently presented five area schools with automated external defibrillators (AED) for their part in helping fight heart disease.

Children’s Hospital recently presented five area schools with automated external defibrillators (AED) for their part in helping fight heart disease.

Dick Scobee Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Liberty High School, Lea Hill Elementary and Bishop Blanchet High School each received a free AED to help protect students and staff from cardiac arrests.

According to the American Heart Association, a sudden cardiac arrest victim whose heart is not defibrillated within 8-10 minutes has almost no chance of survival. Each year, cardiac arrest takes as many as 450,000 lives in the United States.

The AED devices were donated by AED manufacturers Medtronic and Philips Medical Systems for the schools’ support and efforts raising money during the 2005 American Heart Association Heart Walk on September 24, 2005.

Each school set out with the goal of recruiting 100 walkers or raising $2,500 for the American Heart Association. Training in how to use the AED devices was also available to each school. During school-wide assemblies, representatives from Children’s, the AED manufacturers and the Mariner Moose presented the schools with the AED s and a certificate of recognition for their contributions to fighting heart disease.

Together the schools raised more than $5,312 with 456 walkers for the American Heart Association.

“The students and staff of these schools should be very proud of their role in raising awareness about the devastating effects of heart disease on our community,” said Pat Hagan, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Children’s.

“By supporting the Heart Walk and receiving an AED, they have made their schools safer. Having an AED on-site gives students or staff suffering a cardiac arrest the best possible chance of survival. Children’s Hospital is proud to be working together with the American Heart Association to battle heart disease and increase awareness in schools and throughout the region.”

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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