Lourdes Donates Life Saving Equipment to Community

Paducah, KY (June 2, 2016) – Nineteen churches in our region and two non-profit organizations will receive a life-saving donation of automated external defibrillators (AED). Lourdes and the Lourdes Unity Council have partnered to raise awareness of the importance of having an AED in a public location. A grant from Mercy Health Foundation is purchasing the AEDs for the community.

“As part of The Lourdes Ray & Kay Eckstein Cardiovascular Institute’s ongoing commitment to the cardiac health of our community, we are pleased to provide this immediate life-saving assistance for our  
community,” says Steven Grinnell, Lourdes President and CEO, Regional CEO & SVP Mercy Health. “Statistics show that every minute counts when someone’s heart stops beating and with more AED’s where the public can access them, everyday citizens can become part of the emergency response system, increasing the likelihood that first responders can save a life.”

An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers electric shock through the chest to the heart.  The shock can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function. If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. 

The public is invited to attend a free CPR and AED training session at Lourdes. The sessions will be held at the Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion’s Borders Community Room on Friday, June 3 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2 – 4:30 p.m., or on Saturday, June 4 at 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2 – 4:30 p.m.  For more information, call (270) 538-6817.

The Lourdes Ray and Kay Eckstein Cardiovascular Institute is the region’s leader in heart and vascular care. It offers the most experienced cardiovascular team in Western Kentucky, performing advanced cardiac, vascular and cardiothoracic surgeries and treatments. The Cardiovascular Institute provides an unprecedented model of care with the following specialties working together to provide the best care for heart and vascular patients:
General and interventional cardiology
Cardiac and thoracic surgery
Structural heart disease
Electrophysiology and heart devices
Vascular disease
Cardiac rehabilitation