Randolph Senior Center receives AED from Faith Regional

RANDOLPH — The Randolph Senior Center is a recipient of an Automated External Defibrillator through a grant from Faith Regional Hospital, Norfolk.

Faith Regional provides life-saving devices to area schools and businesses and has spent the past few months sending a team across Northeast Nebraska to make special deliveries.

The team that delivered the device included Faith Regional Health Services’ cardiac care coordinator Jenny Simmons, RN, and manager of cardiac services, Kim Long, RN.

This duo has led the charge gifting Automated External Defibrillators to businesses, schools and organizations around the region.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. Often, this is caused by ventricular fibrillation, an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system. When this occurs, blood stops pumping to the brain, heart and rest of the vital organs. Bystanders who promptly begin CPR and defibrillation can keep oxygenated blood flowing through the body and preserve life.

AEDs are, by design, easy to use. By following an AED’s simple, clear voice, bystanders can perform the crucial steps that can save a life.

However, the biggest hurdle for many schools and businesses who don’t have an AED, is cost. The minimum cost for an AED is around $1200. That is why Faith Regional launched its AED Community Initiative in 2019. The goal of this initiative is to raise funds to equip schools, businesses and organizations across the region with an AED if in need.

Funds to purchase AEDs were raised through two big events - Faith Regional’s participation in the annual Norfolk Area Big Give last May and Faith Regional’s Game of Hearts event in August.

Once funds were raised, any business, school or organization could submit an application to Faith Regional, all 26 of which received a free AED.

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