|RMC Auxiliary Invests Additional $27 Thousand to Provide AEDs Within Our Community
Participating in the AED training were representatives of the receiving organizations. From left, seated are Patricia Milhouse, Dr. Glenn-Bamberg and Denmark offices; and Margaret Weathers, Dr. O’Quinn-Branchville. From left, standing are Amanda Rice, Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic; Tristan Rice, S.C. Orthopaedic Institute; Donna Phillips, RMC Education Department director; Chris Myers, HealthPlex-Branchville and HealthPlex-Holly Hill; Deedee Kullenberg, Holly Hill Diagnostic Center; Angie Sutton, Edisto Family Practice-Dr. Hayden; Kendrick Glover, HealthPlex-Branchville and HealthPlex-Holly Hill; Sherron Yoakum, Orangeburg Surgical Associates; Adele Palmieri, Auxiliary president; and Caroline Thompson, Auxiliary vice president.
The Regional Medical Center Auxiliary in collaboration with RMC Administration invested an additional $27,000 in emergency care equipment for the community, recently, by providing 10 Medtronic LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators for RMC affiliates.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable computerized device that, when attached to a pulseless victim, automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. AEDs give rescuers visual and voice prompts to guide rescuer actions.
In 2004 the RMC Auxiliary purchased a total of 18 AEDs for area high schools, Claflin University, South Carolina State University, and the Departments of Public Safety of Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, at a cost of approximately $40,000.
The RMC affiliates who have recently received the special life-saving equipment are Orangeburg Surgical Associates, S.C. Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Glenn-Bamberg office, Dr. Glenn-Denmark office, Edisto Family Practice-Dr. Hayden, Dr. O’Quinn-Branchville, HealthPlex-Branchville, HealthPlex-Holly Hill and Holly Hill Diagnostic Center (both soon to be open), as well as the Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic.
“These gifts demonstrate RMC’s and the RMC Auxiliary’s commitment to improve and sustain the health of the communities we serve,” commented Brenda Williams, RMC vice president and lead administrative liaison for the Auxiliary. “We are committed to avoiding unnecessary deaths by having emergency equipment readily accessible.”
Donna Phillips, director of RMC Education Department, provided AED training for those receiving AEDs.