AtlantiCare Foundation presented a Cardiac Science automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Boardwalk Ambassadors on July 23, 2013, on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The AED was the 100th AED donation that AtlantiCare has made since 2002 through the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program.
“When your mission is to make communities safer by raising funds and donating AEDs, people take notice,” said Al Ford, Cardiac Science General Manager and Vice President of Sales / Marketing. “We are proud to supply Powerheart G3 AEDs for the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes program and wish them continued success in making southern New Jersey heart safe.”
“These 100 AEDs have gone to schools, police and fire departments, various municipalities, community organizations, parks, businesses, and places of worship,” said David Tilton, president and CEO, AtlantiCare. “All are places where the public gather and where together, we have a chance to save a life.
The ARMC Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that raises funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC through the AtlantiCare Foundation to place AEDs in the community. The Heart Heroes fund a portion of the AED and community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process. To mark the 100th donation, AtlantiCare covered the full cost of the AED.
This is the second AED AtlantiCare has presented to CRDA. The first donated defibrillator has been used on eight occasions to resuscitate people.