Healthcare Foundation distributes AEDs to a dozen local groups

The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte awarded 34 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), cabinets and signage to 12 organizations in a unique “Socially Distanced AED Celebration” in the HFL parking lot on Friday.

Covering the $71,326,000 cost of the AEDs is just one way in which the HFL is meeting its mission of empowering local residents to live healthy and well. The foundation’s goal is for La Porte to be among the 10 healthiest communities in Indiana by 2030.

The following organizations received the AEDs at the celebration:

Beautiful Savior Church (2 AEDs)
City of La Porte Police Department (6 AEDs)
City of La Porte Parks & Recreation – Beechwood Golf Course (1 AED)
Evergreen Baptist Church (1 AED)
Grace Baptist Church (2 AEDs)
La Porte Catholic Churches (3 AEDs)
La Porte Community School Corporation (8 AEDs)
Michigan City Seventh-Day Adventist Church (2 AEDs)
Paladin, Inc. (1 AED)
South Central Community School Corporation (3)
Star Center (Unity Foundation, United Way of La Porte, Healthy Communities of La Porte County, Drug Free Partnership, Meridian Health Services) (1 AED)
Westville Police Department (4 AEDs)

“AEDs are a vital tool of intervention during sudden cardiac arrest,” said Maria Fruth, HFL’s CEO and president. “This is a continuation of AED distribution to local schools, churches and other entities delivering services in our community.”

Besides the AED distributions, the HFL supports health and wellness by offering organizations in the La Porte area the opportunity to apply for grants for proposed projects. Strategic Grants are grants that address specific, board-approved major community needs, as well as have a defined impact on health and wellness. The three Strategic Grant categories include “Healthy Children,” “Healthy Living,” and “Healthy Minds.”

Grants are also available for similar projects addressing health and wellness needs. Called “Responsive Grants,” these awards are given to projects that fall outside the parameters of strategic grants but still meet the community’s health and wellness needs, as well as being in line with HFL’s mission and vision. Responsive Grant requests may be up to $25,000.

More information about the dates for these grant cycles, as well as other  information about the HFL, can be found at



One Response to “Healthcare Foundation distributes AEDs to a dozen local groups”

  1. Gail Johnson

    Jul 28. 2020

    We, as a community, are incredibly fortunate to have HFL and its leadership supporting our health and wellness needs. This is just 1 example. Thanks to all involved.

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