Apr 21, 2011 -
MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – Eastern Connecticut Health Network recently donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Indian Valley Family YMCA in Ellington. An AED is an emergency medical device that delivers an electrical charge to a person who is experiencing a life-threatening, abnormal heart rhythm or sudden cardiac arrest.
The ECHN Healthcare Foundation had been contacted by Sarah Whelan, a member of the Indian Valley Family YMCA Board, during the previous month seeking the donation. According to Whelan, the YMCA serves people of all abilities and exercise backgrounds.
“Time is of the essence in caring for heart attack victims, and every second counts in order to save lives," said Robert Carroll, M.D., Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at ECHN. "The AED will provide for early response until EMS personnel arrive on the scene. We thought this was an important donation because ECHN’s mission is to improve the well-being of residents in the communities we serve by providing high-quality, compassionate healthcare. I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate that than through this donation." John L. Reilly, Executive Director of the Indian Valley Family YMCA, was grateful for the donation and said that “this equipment will save lives.”
The donation of the medical equipment was made possible through a special grant awarded to the health system.
Sarah Whelan, Member, Board of Managers, Indian Valley Family YMCA; Patricia MacDougall, representative from the ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation; John L. Reilly, Executive Director, Indian Valley Family YMCA; and Robert Carroll, M.D., Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine at ECHN.