Horizon Health Awards AEDs to Area Organizations

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Horizon Health Awards AEDs to Area Organizations

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is like an insurance policy. It’s good to have but is something you hope to never use.

“We’re thankful to have one in case we need it,” said Oliva Bishop, daycare director at Marshall First Step Academy. “Our parents and staff are more comfortable that we have the tools to handle an emergency situation.”

Marshall First Step Academy was one of five non-for-profit organizations to receive a free AED from Horizon Health through an application process that drew 52 submissions. Other organizations receiving an AED were ERBA Head Start in Chrisman, Grace Lutheran Child Development Center in Paris, Terre Haute Senior Education Ministries, and the Marshall Police Department.

The AEDs were presented at a May 23 ceremony at Horizon Health. The Horizon Health Foundation, dedicated exclusively to supporting Horizon Health, funded the purchase of the AEDs. With this support, Horizon Health acquired these life-saving devices, significantly enhancing patient care and safety.

“This is one of our efforts to support our communities, and it is a very important one,” said Martin Adams, Horizon Health vice president of finance & chief financial officer.

Horizon Health Emergency Medical Services will provide training for all AED recipients.

“High-quality CPR and early AED use greatly improve a patient’s chances for a positive outcome,” added Adam Webb, EMS Manager.

AEDs are battery-operated, portable devices that check the heart's rhythm and send a shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. They are used to help people having sudden cardiac arrest.

The Foundation appreciates the generous donations it receives. To make a gift, make checks payable to: Horizon Health Foundation, 721 E. Court Street, Paris, IL 61944. Or call 217-465-1234 or visit MyHorizonHealthFoundation.org.