Easton Hospital Donates AED To GEDP Programs
Easton, PA – June 12, 2015 – Easton Hospital has donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP), the group dedicated to economic development in the City of Easton through its strong community programs: The Easton Farmers’ Market, Easton Ambassadors, Easton Main Street Initiative and the Easton Public Market.
An AED is a portable computerized medical device that can diagnose life-threatening arrhythmias. It can recognize a rhythm that requires a shock and then advise a rescuer to administer that shock in hopes to reestablish correct rhythms.
The AED will be centrally located in downtown, available to the public where large numbers of people gather and a heart attack may occur. The donation will include the device, a cabinet, a conversion key for use on children and fast response kit that includes items for the rescuer including gloves, scissors and an air mask.
“The number of visitors who attend activities, events and festivals in downtown Easton grows each year,” says Mayor Sal Panto. “An AED is something we’ve needed in case there is a cardiac emergency with one of the guests to our city.”
Along with the AED, Easton Hospital will provide training to GEDP program staff and an annual inspection of the device.
“Sudden cardiac arrest is something our team at the hospital faces every day,” says Easton Hospital CEO John Zidansek. “Our Chest Pain Center accreditation and awards from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology put us at the leading edge in our community to educate and assist first responders in case the unexpected happens.”
According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. Emergency medical services treat about 360,000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest before they reach the hospital. Less than ten percent of those victims survive.
“It’s important for communities to have an AED program like this,” says cardiologist and electophysiologist Koroush Khalighi, MD, an independent member of the medical staff at Easton Hospital. “Placing an AED in a key downtown Easton location and then training the staff of the GEDP programs can truly mean the difference between life and death.”
“As a community health partner, we want to ensure the people who live, work and play in downtown Easton are better protected from the serious cardiac episodes that can occur at any moment,” says Zidansek. “Together, Easton Hospital and the GEDP programs can make Easton a fun, healthy and safe destination for people across the region.”
About Easton Hospital
Easton Hospital is a 238-bed acute care teaching hospital serving more than 300,000 residents in Northampton County and the five surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Founded in 1890, the hospital is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. The hospital offers an active Emergency Department which sees more than 35,000 annual visits; a cardiac care program including an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society for Chest Pain Centers; a Center for Orthopedics, Joint and Spine which is accredited by the Joint Commission for both total-hip and total-knee; a Surgical Weight Loss program that has been designated a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery; and the hospital’s Easton Regional Cancer Center which is a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner. In addition, the hospital maintains free-standing, fully-accredited residency training programs. For more information and a complete list of services offered at Easton Hospital, visit the hospital’s website: www.easton-hospital.com.
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