ALBUQUERQUE, May 13, 2019 – Through a $10,000 donation, Lovelace Health System has helped the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation’s Project Pulse place 10 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in much-needed community organizations throughout New Mexico.
AEDs are an important part of the resuscitation process, allowing those administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to deliver a jolt of electricity to restart a heart in the critical moments before emergency services professionals can arrive.
View Point Rehabilitation Center, LLC- Substance Abuse Rehabilitation
Rio Fernando Fire District, Volunteer Fire Department
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
New Mexico Youth Soccer Association (2 AEDs)
Harmony Residential Care Assisted Living
Action CPR Albuquerque
Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home
Bosque Women’s Care Albuquerque
Village of Corrales NM Fire Department
“We are proud to partner with the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation to bring these life-saving devices into such critical spaces in our community,” said Denzil Ross, chief operating officer and administrator of Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center.
“The donated AEDs will allow us to help community organizations throughout New Mexico save lives,” said Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation Board President, Elizabeth Armijo. “The more AEDs we can get into the community, the better.”
The donation has a personal resonance with Armijo, as her father was saved several years ago by a fellow hotel guest and staff members who administered CPR and used an AED when he experienced a heart attack.
Both Lovelace Health System and Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation have worked diligently to help promote cardiovascular heath in New Mexico through education and community health partnerships. Lovelace’s volunteer CPR education team, Resuscitation Rangers, educated nearly 14,000 people on providing hands-only CPR in 2017. Thanks in part to Lovelace, since 2009, Project Pulse has placed an AED in every county in New Mexico, and re-deployed 100 AEDs in State police squad cars.
Whitney Marquez, Lovelace Health System
Lovelace Health System consists of Lovelace Medical Group, Lovelace Women’s Hospital, Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Westside Hospital, Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell and Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, go to www.lovelace.com.