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Hospital donates AED to Hinsdale for train station

Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital announced Monday the donation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the village of Hinsdale for its downtown train station.

“AEDs can mean the difference between life and death for patients in cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Andrew Lawrence, an electrophysiologist who treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “No public place should be without one nearby.”

AEDs are electronic devices that can diagnose and correct the heart rhythm of someone in cardiac arrest. They are portable and easy to use, even for people with limited first aid training.

Last month, Gov. Pat Quinn urged people across the state of Illinois to help make AEDs as “common as fire extinguishers.” Statistics show heart disease kills more than 250,000 Americans a year and is the leading cause of death in Illinois.

“The American Red Cross estimates that AEDs could save 50,000 lives a year in the U.S. if they were more commonly accessible,” Hinsdale Fire Chief Michael Kelly said. “This gift brings our community one step closer to that goal.”

The donation is part of an ongoing partnership between Adventist Health System and St. Jude Medical. Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is among 37 hospitals in the Adventist Health System, which employs 43,000 people and treats nearly 4 million patients annually at facilities across the United States. As a not-for-profit hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital serves the region through its community benefit plan. The devices were supplied by Cardiac Science Corporation.