The devices were presented as part of HeartSafe, a new community effort that solicited applications from local cities and towns and awarded the devices to the organizations or groups that showed the greatest need. They were presented at the conclusion of the second annual Stride for Health walk, which was held on June 14 at Spot Pond in Stoneham.
The following are the organizations, groups that received an AED: Memorial Hall in Melrose, Friends of the Chevalier Auditorium in Medford, Medford Council on Aging, Stoneham Senior Center and Saugus High School Athletic Department.
In addition to the defibrillator unit, which comes with a wall mount, carrying case and child and adult size pads, Hallmark Health will also provide recipients with defibrillator and CPR training.
Sudden death from cardiac arrest is a major community health problem. According to the American Heart Association, this issue has received much less publicity than heart attack, but an estimated 294,851 emergency medical services-treated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year.
The Hallmark Health Cardiac and Endovascular Center is committed to decreasing those numbers and keeping the communities it serves HeartSafe. Putting tools like the defibrillator in the hands of the community is just one way of getting closer to achieving that goal.
The Hallmark Health Cardiac and Endovascular Center, located at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is the first of its kind in the region, offering patients a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat cardiac and vascular disease, including cardiac catheterization, coronary artery stenting, emergent angioplasty, acute heart attack treatments, non-invasive cardiac testing, endovascular and vascular care, non-invasive vascular tests, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, treatment for leg pain and peripheral vascular disease (PVD), blood clot treatment and vascular surgery.
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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, and Hallmark Health Medical Center.