Beaumont and AHA collaborate on AED donation to Turning Point Apostolic Ministries in Rochester

Beaumont Health System and the American Heart Association are joining forces to help save lives by placing automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in key community locations for use on people who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

The next AED is being installed and dedicated on Thursday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at Turning Point Apostolic Ministries, 900 W. University Drive in Rochester. Through the Beaumont sponsored program, AEDs are purchased and then donated to community locations in the tri-county area. This is the 12th AED donation since the Beaumont and AHA collaboration began.

"Scientific studies show that immediate use of AEDs can increase survival rates of people who have sudden cardiac arrest," says Nancy Susick, M.S.N., R.N., president, Beaumont Hospital, Troy. "Because cardiac arrest can occur anywhere at any time, we're working with the American Heart Association to have AEDs placed in as many locations as possible."

An AED is an emergency medical device that delivers an electrical charge to a person who is experiencing a life-threatening, abnormal heart rhythm or sudden cardiac arrest. The electrical charge is pre-set, and is only administered by the device if a fatal arrhythmia is detected.

"Thanks to the generosity of Beaumont and the support of the American Heart Association, Turning Point Apostolic Ministries will now be better equipped to quickly handle cardiac emergencies," says John Cieslik, chief, City of Rochester Fire Department.

This is the 12th AED donation since the
Beaumont and AHA collaboration began.

About Beaumont Heart and Vascular care

Beaumont is Michigan's, and one of the nation's, most experienced providers of heart care, ranking on U.S. News and World Report's 2012-13 "America's Best Hospitals" list for cardiology and heart surgery. The Beaumont Heart and Vascular Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility that's dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart problems. Beaumont's Ernst Cardiovascular Center includes six specialty clinics offering advanced and minimally invasive treatments for heart valve disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, aortic aneurysm and dissection, plus preventive screening for adults and high school students. Beaumont's Ministrelli Women's Heart Center is the first in Michigan devoted exclusively to the prevention, diagnosis and research of heart disease in women. Find out more at http://heart.beaumont.edu/.