Healthcare Foundation has grants for automated external defibrillators

 

Healthcare Foundation of La Porte provides grants for life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through its When Seconds Count AED Initiative. Since 2017, HFL has awarded 78 AEDs, along with cabinets and  signage, totaling over $160,000, to nonprofit organizations, schools and government entities in La Porte County. 

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack, which can lead to sudden  cardiac arrest. But Cardiac arrest is reversible in most victims if it’s treated within a few minutes. AEDs are important because they can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac  arrest. New, portable AEDs enable more people to respond to a medical emergency that requires  defibrillation. When a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her chance of survival decreases by 7%  to 10% for each minute that passes without defibrillation. AEDs save lives when seconds count. 

Nonprofit organizations, schools and government entities in La Porte County may apply for a grant for  an AED, cabinet and signage. Applicants must agree to have an AED maintenance plan in  place and have at least one staff member certified in CPR and AED use. Organizations are eligible to  apply for one AED, cabinet and signage. The foundation will consider requests for more than one AED  from organizations where circumstances may warrant multiple AEDs, such as organizations with  multiple locations.

Applications are being accepted from May 1 through June 11. Interested applicants may visit the foundation’s website (hflaporte.org) for more information and to access the grant portal (Grant Portal  Access Here).

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