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Learn How to Save a Life through Howard Memorial’s Free CPR Classes

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 (Willits, CA) – Did you know that, if performed immediately, CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival? Of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims in the United States, only about 40 percent receive CPR aid from bystanders prior to the arrival of first responders, and fewer than 10 percent actually survive. Adventist Health Howard Memorial (AHHM) wants to improve those statistics by offering free CPR/AED classes throughout the year, because your ability to conduct CPR could mean the difference between life and death for someone you love.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), each year more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.

June is National CPR month and there’s no better time to get trained to so you can save someone in an emergency. The hospital started offering CPR classes after registered nurse/clinical educator and AHA-certified CPR instructor Henrietta Simonsson saw the need. “Everywhere I went people asked me if the hospital offered CPR classes. There are not a lot of options to get training locally. And, oftentimes, very few opportunities or dates are offered, and the cost is another barrier too,” she explains.

The three-hour class, accredited by American Heart Association, teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children and infants. The hands-on course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs the certification as part of job requirements or for those who just want to learn how to save a life. 
Jason Wells, Adventist Health Howard Memorial president, shares that the goal is to make our community as safe as possible. “The more community members we have who are trained in CPR, the more we can save lives. It’s truly along the lines of ‘neighbors helping neighbors’, of our culture of looking out for one another.”

“At the end of the day, if we save one life, that means so much to that person and their family members whose life we’ve saved,” he concludes.

Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should. According to the American Heart Association, more than half of cardiac arrests happen in homes. The Heartsaver CPR/AED classes are held at the hospital located at 1 Marcela Drive in Willits. The next class is scheduled for Thursday, August 2. Since space is limited, it is important that participants register before-hand to reserve their spot. A $25 reservation fee is required, which will be refunded upon completion of the class. The course includes the AHA HeartSaver certificate/card. Other dates are available throughout the year. For more information about classes or to register, call (707) 456-3156. 

About Adventist Health Howard Memorial (formerly Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital) is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing. Visit www.adventisthealth/howard-memorial for more information.