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Marc A. Harpham

Life saving defibrillators purchased for area schools

"Automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment and people trained to use it are crucial steps in early treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. A grant awarded by Community Hospital Health Foundation to purchase AEDs provided seven area schools and a community center with this extra level of lifesaving assurance."
     Marc Harpham

Community Hospital Health Foundation funds totaling $10,880 were used to purchase eight Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), which were distributed to locations throughout the region.

Deaths of young athletes in the national media showcased the need for AED emergency equipment in public school and community center settings. Following an in-depth survey assessing regional need, the following locations were chosen to receive equipment and instruction:

  • Southwest Junior High School, Bartley
  • Southwest Senior High School, Bartley
  • Hitchcock County Elementary, Culbertson
  • Hitchcock County High School, Trenton
  • Maywood Public Schools, Maywood
  • Medicine Valley Public Schools, Curtis
  • Curtis Community Center, Curtis
  • Nebraska College of Technological Agriculture, Curtis

“While AEDs alone cannot completely eliminate the risk of death in cases of sudden cardiac arrest,” said Marc Harpham, Fire/EMS Chief, “having this equipment readily available is one of the most important steps you can take to be prepared. I hope the equipment is never needed, but it’s assuring to know it’s available, with people trained to use it correctly.” In the case of sudden cardiac arrest, the defibrillator can be used until emergency personnel arrive, increasing the chances of lifesaving results.

Funds from the Catherine Rose Estate, which named the Community Hospital Health Foundation as a beneficiary, enabled the purchase, and serves as a shining example of the positive generational impact private donations can have upon healthcare throughout the region.

If you would like to learn more about becoming an active partner in regional healthcare, please contact the Community Hospital Health Foundation.