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Mercy Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital Provide Town of Hempstead with 50 Defibrillators for Parks, Beaches, Pools and More

1 September, 2016

Rockville Centre, NY – Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced today that Mercy Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital donated 50 life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDS) that will be located at parks, pools, beaches, and senior centers in the area. The defibrillators – valued at $1,500 per device – were secured through a state contract by Mercy Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital, so there was no cost to the town. The setting for the event was an Island Park ball field, as young athletes could be susceptible to blunt-force chest injuries that can lead to cardiac arrest. Accordingly, the town is placing defibrillators at locations where a life could be saved in the event of cardiac arrest.

“Defibrillators are often utilized by police, fire and other emergency personnel due to their proven ability to save lives,” stated Santino. “The Town of Hempstead commends St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center for partnering with us to provide this lifesaving equipment for town parks, beaches, pools and senior centers.”

“As an integral part of the community for more than a century, Mercy is highly committed to promoting the health and safety of local residents,” said Ron Steimel, Mercy’s executive vice president and CAO. “We are honored to help in providing this lifesaving equipment.”

“These 50 defibrillators will help us save lives throughout the Town of Hempstead,” said Councilwoman King Sweeney. “We thank our friends at Mercy Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital for partnering with the town on this important intiative.”

Town personnel will receive specialized training on the proper use of the defibrillators. However, the devices also come with step-by-step instructions, so in the event of an extreme emergency, anyone can quickly learn the steps to help someone in cardiac arrest. What’s more, the devices – produced by Cardiac Science Corporation – include bilingual (Spanish/English) instructions, making them accessible to a broad population across the town. Earlier this year, town employees were able to save the life of a fellow coworker by performing CPR and using a defibrillator located nearby.

“We appreciate the leadership and community outreach being provided by St. Francis and Mercy Medical Center in partnering with us on this important project,” said Town of Hempstead Medical Director Dave Neubert. “We already have 53 AED units strategically placed throughout the town, and this will double our capacity to make a truly life-saving difference on behalf of our citizens.”

According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 350,000 reported cardiac arrest cases per year in the United States, and only 10 percent of those victims survive. In instances where a victim is immediately administered CPR and defibrillation, their chances of survival are doubled. What’s more, for every minute that a victim is in cardiac arrest without help, their survival odds are decreased by 10 percent. 

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Celebrating more than 100 years, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, as well as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Mercy is also the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and consecutive Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. And, in recognition of the value it places on superior nursing care, Mercy has Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Mercy provides comprehensive medical and surgical care and is a leader in minimally-invasive surgery, joint-replacement, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine and neurosurgery, in-patient acute rehabilitation, diagnostic and interventional radiology, maternity and newborn services and women’s health.

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