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Mercy donates AEDs to area schools, organizations
by Report submitted · December 7th, 2017

Mercy Medical Center is donating Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to 16 area schools, churches and community organizations in the coming weeks, bringing the number of AEDs the hospital has donated to 51 since the program began in 2014.

AEDs are portable devices that check heart rhythm and treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). When needed, an AED can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. The AEDs will be placed in readily accessible locations at each site, to be used in case of an emergency.

The AED donation program at Mercy is designed to equip local non-profits demonstrating financial need with the life-saving devices. The non-profits must also exhibit a need for AED coverage for their facility and participate in an application process.

The donated AEDs will be donated at the following locations in the surrounding communities:

Cleveland Elementary, Cedar Rapids

Harvest Christian Day Care, 4070 22nd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids

Harrison Elementary, 1310 11th Street NW, Cedar Rapids

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 915 27th Street, Marion

Springs of Life Foursquare Church, 2300 26th Street NW, Cedar Rapids

Madison Elementary, 1341 Woodside Drive NW, Cedar Rapids

Garfield Elementary, 1201 Maplewood Drive NE, Cedar Rapids

All Saints Elementary School, 720 28th Street SE, Cedar Rapids

Johnson Elementary, 355 18th Street SE, Cedar Rapids

Hoover Elementary, 4141 Johnson Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids

Center Point United Methodist Church, 815 Summit Street, Center Point

Hope United Church of Christ, 150 9th Avenue, Hiawatha

Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, 819 5th Street SE, Cedar Rapids

Gospel Tabernacle Church of Jesus Christ, 2531 42nd Street NE, Cedar Rapids

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 857 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids

HACAP, 1550 Hawkeye Drive, Hiawatha

Additionally, Mercy gave Marion Independent School District a matching grant of $2,500 to replace old AEDs.

Mercy is partnering with ThinkSafe, based in Cedar Rapids, to make the AEDs available for donation.

According to the American Heart Association, SCA kills more people every year than strokes, AIDS and breast cancer. A key to fighting SCA is defibrillation (use of an AED) within a very short period of time from the onset of SCA.
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