The Heart of West Georgia has donated $1,000 towards the purchase of a new automated external defibrillator (AED) for WellStar West Georgia Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation & Wellness program.
An AED is a medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm. If necessary, it delivers an electric shock, which helps the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and the American Heart Association has stated that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it, according to the American Heart Association’s website.
“We’re so grateful to the Heart of West Georgia to help fund the cost of an AED in our outpatient location,” said Michelle Williams, director of Rehabilitation and Wellness at WellStar WGMC. “Our outpatient facility is located away from the hospital’s main campus, so it gives all our team members peace of mind that they could restore a patient’s or another team member’s regular heart rhythm if necessary.”
WGMC’s Outpatient Rehab & Wellness program is located at 1600 Vernon Road, Suite D, in LaGrange.
All the clinical staff members who work in Outpatient Rehab & Wellness are trained in using an AED and are skilled in CPR and basic life support, Williams said. The new AED also includes wall mounts and pediatric pads.
The Heart of West Georgia raises funds and provides grants to provide awareness of healthy hearts in LaGrange and the surrounding area with a focus on cardiovascular disease, women’s health and childhood obesity.