Medstar expands its Community AED Program through “Shock and Save” initiative

GENESEE COUNTY — When someone’s heart suddenly stops beating, every minute without defibrillation and CPR lowers the chance of survival by 10 percent.

When a bystander uses an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) on a person in cardiac arrest, their likelihood of survival doubles.

Medstar recognizes community AED placement as the most important component of increasing cardiac arrest survival throughout its nine-county service area.

Medstar has provided mini-grants to purchase AEDs for local civic, educational, and religious facilities for the past eight years and is now inviting the community to support the program’s expansion. The Medstar Shock and Save Initiative is designed to:

• Measurably increase cardiac arrest survival throughout Medstar’s emergency service area

• Increase AED access and utilization

• Increase CPR and AED training

• Support community leaders in local efforts to increase cardiac arrest survival and expand community CPR/AED training and AED ordinances

“Developing a community AED program is the most impactful effort a community can pursue to affect survival from cardiac arrest. The more AEDs we can get into the community, the more lives will be saved,” said Kolby Miller, Medstar CEO. “We have provided funding for community AED placement for several years. With the new Shock and Save Initiative, we invite our healthcare, community, and business partners to join us in providing even more AEDs throughout the region.”

To kick off the Shock and Save Initiative, Medstar is hosting a golf outing Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. — Sugarbush Golf Club, 1 Sugarbush Drive, Davison Township.

Funds raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Medstar and will go toward purchasing and distributing AEDs in Medstar’s service area.

For registration and sponsorship information, visit www.medstarambulance.org/aedgolf. And visit www.medstarambulance.org/aed to learn more about this life-saving initiative. — G.G.