AMA and SACMC Join Forces to Create Generation of New LifesaversPress Release
The American Heart Association (AHA) announced that the San Angelo Community Medical Center (SACMC) is the local Healthy Living Platform Sponsor.
Through a three-year commitment to the AHA, the two organizations will focus on improving the bystander rate of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the Concho Valley, while educating and promoting healthy lifestyle choices that can help reduce 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
On June 7, during National CPR Week, the AHA and SACMC will kick off their joint efforts at a press conference at 2 p.m., at San Angelo Independent School District offices. All six of Tom Green County’s school districts will be gifted CPR in Schools Training Kits equipped with tools and resources necessary for Texas schools to meet the psychomotor skill-based Hands-Only CPR training required before a student graduates.
School districts to receive the AHA’s lifesaving training kits include: San Angelo, Christoval, Water Valley, Wall, Grape Creek and Veribest.
Students learning bystander CPR may be the answer to reducing deaths from the more than 326,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year. Sadly, most of these victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR, or are afraid they’ll do something wrong.
Teaching students in school how to administer CPR helps increase the chance that victims of cardiac arrest have the help they need until paramedics arrive. It can ultimately improve San Angelo’s low bystander rate estimated to be at 10 percent.
“We believe in preparing students to lead a happy and healthy life, and that’s why we think it’s important to give students the skills they need to help save someone’s life with CPR,” said Dr. Michael Blanc, interventional cardiologist for San Angelo Community Medical Center. “Teaching students CPR before they graduate puts qualified lifesavers in our community, year after year, ensuring the next generation of Concho Valley lifesavers.”
SACMC’s three-year commitment to the AHA will place a total of 12 CPR in Schools Training Kits™ throughout Tom Green County, impacting an estimated 3,500 students. Plans are also underway for several mass Hands-Only CPR community trainings to be announced later this year.
While it’s vital to arm the public with the knowledge to act in an emergency, preventing cardiac arrest and other heart and stroke related illnesses before an incident takes place can have an even greater health impact. Over the next three years AHA and SACMC will work together to offer educational and awareness opportunities that emphasize healthy lifestyle choices.
The annual Heart Walk, along with public awareness campaigns surrounding National Walking Day and National Eat Healthy Day, are among several activities both organizations will use as catalysts to drive heart health in the Concho Valley community.
Following the press conference, a Hands-Only CPR demonstration will be conducted.