On Friday, King’s Daughters Health System and King’s Daughters
Health Foundation presented 25 automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
to 14 community agencies throughout its service area.
AEDs are medical devices that can deliver an electrical shock to an individual
suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition that affects more
than 350,000 Americans each year. Only about 10 percent of people who
experience an SCA outside of a hospital setting survive.
Agencies receiving AEDs included:
- Ashland Police Department
- Ashland-Boyd County Emergency Management
- Boyd County Sheriff’s Department
- Carter County Sheriff’s Department
- Floyd County Sheriff’s Department
- Greenup County Sheriff’s Department
- Ironton Police Department
- Portsmouth Police Department
- Wurtland Volunteer Fire District
- Ashland Independent Schools
King’s Daughters AED donation was made possible through the generosity
of King’s Daughters team members, who purchased special Heart Month
T-shirts, water bottles, and grocery tote bags in January and February.
More than $21,000 was raised through the sales.
“Our team members are among the most generous and enthusiastic people
to be found anywhere,” said Scott Hill, executive director of community
engagement for King’s Daughters. “When we announced proceeds
from the T-shirt sale would be used to buy AEDs for the community, our
team members were incredibly supportive,” he said.
King’s Daughters purchasing department was able to negotiate a great
price for the Philips HeartStart defibrillator kits, which normally sell
for $2,000 each. The kits include the defibrillator, two batteries, adult
and pediatric pads, and a case.
King’s Daughters Health Foundation oversaw the application and donation
process. “We were thrilled to sponsor and facilitate this project,”
said Foundation President Kim McCann. “Projects like this one, along
with our support of King’s Daughters mobile health units, scholarships
for high school students, and the oncology center of excellence are just
a few of the ways the Foundation makes a difference in the community,” she said.
Photo: King's Daughters team members along with recipients of the AEDs.