September 23, 2009
Hospital to make heartfelt donation to La Grange
La Grange – Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rick Wright will present an automated external defibrillator (AED) to La Grange officials at the Monday, Sept. 28 village board meeting to install at the village’s 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 La Grange Memorial Hospital. “No public place should be without one nearby.”
Automated external defibrillators 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.
Earlier this year, 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,” said La Grange Fire Chief David Fleege. “This gift brings our community one step closer to that goal.”
This donation is made possible through a partnership between Adventist Health System’s cardiology program and St. Jude Medical. Adventist La Grange Memorial 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 La Grange Memorial Hospital serves the region through its community benefit plan. The devices were supplied by Cardiac Science Corporation.