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Tanner Heart Care Awards Four AEDs in Giveaway

Four local nonprofit organizations are keeping the safety of their visitors close to their hearts.

First Baptist Church of Franklin, Pinetucky Baptist Church in Heflin, Reliant Ministries Church in Dallas and the Refuge Ministries of West Georgia in Tallapoosa each received a free automated external defibrillator, or AED, from Tanner Heart Care.

The four organizations were among several throughout the region that submitted entries throughout March for Tanner Heart Care’s Heart Saver AED Giveaway. A committee of cardiac experts reviewed the applications and chose the organizations based on need.

Initially, the health system intended to award only two AEDs, but after receiving submissions and evaluating the needs of the organizations, two additional AEDs were purchased to further expand access to these potentially life-saving devices.

An AED is an essential tool when it comes to saving a life in an instance of sudden cardiac arrest, when a heart suddenly stops beating. Sudden cardiac arrest can occur after a heart attack, drowning, electrical shock or other potentially deadly situations. AEDs come with pads that can be applied to someone in cardiac arrest, and the device can monitor the person’s heart rhythm and administer an electric shock if necessary to get the heart back in rhythm.

Along with having an AED nearby, a key step in saving lives during instances of sudden cardiac arrest is widespread knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. In addition to the Heart Saver AED Giveaway, Tanner has also announced an upcoming series of Learning CPR is Easy sessions throughout the region. These free classes do not offer CPR certification, but they do teach the fundamental skills necessary to save a life using CPR. Participants receive a manikin and training DVD that they can take home with them, as well as instruction from emergency medical experts and the team of board-certified cardiologists at Tanner.

Representatives from the organizations that won an AED also attended the CPR training sessions, where they received their devices.

To find a heart care specialist on staff or for details about Tanner’s accredited chest pain centers, visit TannerHeartCare.org.

Representatives from Reliant Ministries — including Cheryl Chambers, Cynthia Redmond, Kaitlin Goldman, Kati McClellan and Criss Engles — receive their new AED from Tanner Heart Care team members Debbie Skellie, RN, and board-certified cardiologist Onaje Greene, MD. The Dallas-based organization was among four local nonprofits to receive a free heart-saving AED from Tanner Heart Care.

 From left, representatives from Refuge Ministries Julie Youngblood, Shanna Bell and Dan Spruiel — joined by LaQuinta Grizzard, RN, center, director of cardiac services at Tanner — and Amy Bates, Brian Bates and Teresa Martin. Tallapoosa-based Refuge Ministries was among four local organizations to receive a free heart-saving AED from Tanner Heart Care.

Brandon Little, RN, left, nurse manager of the cardiac catherization labs at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton and Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica, presented Pinetucky Baptist Church members Moline Cotten, Glynis Lumpkin, Vann Williamson, Chris Wakefield and Gracie Wakefield with a new AED during a CPR training event in Wedowee. The Heflin-based church was among four local organizations to receive a free heart-saving AED from Tanner Heart Care.

Representatives from the First Baptist Church of Franklin — including Claudia Stewart, Alex Stewart, Andrew Owensby, Amber Owensby and Kelly Reece — received their new AED from LaQuinta Grizzard, RN, director of cardiac services at Tanner Health System. Tanner Heart Care received nominations from throughout west Georgia and east Alabama, selecting four local organizations to receive a free AED from Tanner.