AUSTIN, Texas—Heart Hospital of Austin has selected 11 community organizations to receive automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and life-saving training as part of its Community Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program. The program, which was launched in late August, is designed to provide AED devices and education to organizations that host large numbers of people.
The following organizations have been selected to receive the AEDs and training:
- Anderson Mill Baptist Church
- Austin Children’s Shelter
- The Austin Stone Community Church
- Capital CDC
- Center for Child Protection
- Great Hills Baptist Church
- InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
- The Junior League of Austin
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The University of Texas at Austin
- Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church
- ZACH Theatre
These organizations were selected through an application review process based on the average number of people within each organization, the organization’s plan to extend life-saving knowledge to others within the organization, their proximity to Heart Hospital of Austin and their overall mission, among other criteria.
“We know that AEDs can save lives during cardiac emergencies,” David Laird, chief executive officer at Heart Hospital of Austin, said. “These AEDs and the education we are providing will have a direct impact on countless lives.”
Heart Hospital of Austin will provide these 11 organizations with annual AED training and CPR certification for three consecutive years.
“Having an AED on site is only part of the life-saving process,” Laird said. “Knowing how to appropriately use one is critical in achieving optimal outcomes, and annual training is required for safe and effective use. Heart Hospital of Austin is committed to not only making sure the Austin community is equipped with life-saving AEDs, but also teaching citizens how to use them.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are 300,000 to 400,000 deaths per year in the United States from cardiac arrest, and most cardiac arrest deaths occur outside of a hospital setting. In 1999 and 2000, 815 of 6,339 workplace fatalities reported to OSHA were caused by cardiac arrest.
Heart Hospital of Austin
Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Heart Hospital of Austin is a shared vision of local cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Working with hospital leadership, the physicians created an atmosphere of quality, resulting in the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades®—a leading independent health ratings organization. In July 2009, a study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Heart Hospital of Austin was the leading hospital in the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Heart Hospital of Austin has also been named one of the top cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters for six years, and it was also recently named to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) in conjunction with its parent campus, St. David’s Medical Center. In addition to providing a full range of cardiovascular services and an advanced Executive Wellness Program, Heart Hospital of Austin has a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department. Heart Hospital of Austin is a St. David’s Medical Center facility. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.
St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 60 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. Known for compassionate, high-quality care, the organization has been recognized with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world-class quality measures. In January 2012, St. David’s HealthCare was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. In April 2012, four of the system’s facilities—St. David’s Medical Center, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—were named to the list of 100 top hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters. Additionally, Heart Hospital of Austin, a campus of St. David’s Medical Center, was named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for 2012. Perennially ranked as the top Austin-area employer among large companies by the Austin Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey, St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with approximately 7,500 employees. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.