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Providence Places Defibrillators in High Schools

December 02, 2010

Children’s Hospital to provide Automated External Defibrillators in local high schools

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital is installing automated external defibrillators (AED) and implementing the necessary training programs in local high schools, in response to a recent spike in adolescent deaths due to cardiac arrest. The work will be funded by the Sacred Heart Children’s Foundation.

Sacred Heart is working closely with Project Adam, a not-for-profit organization created by Patty and Joe Lemel in memory of their 17-year-old son Adam. Adam died suddenly of heart arrhythmia while playing basketball. Had a defibrillator been on hand, Adam may have been saved.

“The immediate use of an AED clearly makes the difference for victims of sudden cardiac arrest,” says Ryan Schaeffer, a coordinator in Sacred Heart’s electrophysiology department who has made Project Adam a personal mission.

“Our goal is to ensure that all high schools have defibrillators readily available, and with the support of generous donors to the Foundation, we’re making that happen.”