|RMC Auxiliary Invests Additional $17,000 to Provide AEDs |
Within Our Community
|The Regional Medical Center Auxiliary in collaboration with RMC Administration invested an additional $17,000 in emergency care equipment for the community, recently, by providing five 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.
The RMC affiliates and departments that most recently received the life-saving equipment are St. Matthews Family Practice, RMC HEALTHPLEX, HEALTHPLEX -Santee, Mabry Center for Cancer Care, and Dr. James H. Brunson Jr. office.
In 2004 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.
In 2010 the Auxiliary invested an additional $27,000 to purchase AEDs for Orangeburg Surgical Associates, S.C. Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. William D. Glenn-Bamberg office, Dr. William D. Glenn-Denmark office, Edisto Family Medicine-Dr. John. H. Hayden, Dr. William E. O’Quinn-Branchville, HEALTHPLEX-Branchville, HEALTHPLEX-Holly Hill and Holly Hill Diagnostic Center, as well as the Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic.
“These gifts demonstrate the RMC Auxiliary’s commitment to assisting RMC 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.
|Participating in the AED training were representatives of the receiving organizations. From left are Jeanne Collier and Jessica Reddick, St. Matthews Family Practice; Bonnie Stroman, Auxiliary chaplain; Ronika Robinson and Tonya Simmons, HEALTHPLEX; and Donna Phillips, RMC Education Department director.|