Marshfield Clinic / Ministry Health Care Heart Team Receives $54,000 Grant From the American Heart

Grant will initiate significant CPR training effort in Central and Northern Wisconsin

Thousands of families in central and northern Wisconsin will receive what could be a life-saving gift from the Heart Care Team of Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care in the coming months.

Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care is the recipient of a $54,000 grant to provide CPR Anytime kits to assist in the implementation of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training program that is simple and convenient to use.

The American Heart Association (AHA) chose the two health care leaders to develop the program because of its strong relationship and because Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care have a vast network of facilities in north central Wisconsin.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the American Heart Association to expand our relationship with the Marshfield Clinic/Ministry Health Care Heart Team and really make a difference in the communities we serve," said Karla Lodholz, regional vice president for corporate development for the American Heart Association.

The funds allocated to the Marshfield Clinic/Ministry Health Care Heart Team from the American Heart Association are the result of an allocation from American Family Insurance's charity cap campaign conducted with the Green Bay Packers.

Two years ago, Packers fans from throughout the world purchased red caps in support of the green and gold and benefiting heart research, education and other support programs.

In communities throughout central and northern Wisconsin, Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care staff will be leading CPR Anytime training as a part of the American Heart Association's global effort to train an additional million Americans in CPR over the next year.

Two versions of the kits will be available, for adults and infants.Each contains a training DVD and a manikin, which inflates to practice ventilation and compression techniques that are part of performing CPR. "The person who receives the CPR Anytime kit can continue to practice those techniques, and share the kit with family members," said Jack Kruit, cardiovascular service line manager at Marshfield Clinic Weston and Wausau centers.

At Ministry Health Care's Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston, use of the CPR anytime kits will be a welcome addition to the perinatal education efforts already in place along with community education efforts to targeted groups.

"We are honored to receive this generous, life-saving gift and thrilled to be able to share it with new moms, as they bring life to their babies," said Ellen Schumann, M.D., medical director of Marshfield Clinic Women's Wellness and Women and Family Services at Saint Clare's Hospital.

About 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, according to AHA statistics. Death is not inevitable, though, if more people knew and performed CPR. Because many cardiac arrests occur at home, CPR training can help save a family member or friend. Brain death begins four to six minutes after cardiac arrest. A victim's chance of survival doubles when effective bystander CPR is provided immediately.

AHA has already trained an estimated 12 million people in CPR. The adult version of the CPR Anytime kit was introduced in 2005, and the infant kit, the size of a shoe box became available in 2007.

The Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care heart care team is a cooperative effort by two leading health care organizations working together as a single leading team. For over 90 years, this has enabled the team to deliver the very highest level of care available in the region. It is the heart care team chosen more often than any other local program, treating more of the most complex cases and conducting more research into leading edge heart care treatments. The team is made up of primary care physicians, cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, researchers, and other physicians and staff located at 41 hospitals and clinics.

 
 
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