Williamson Medical Center and Cigna present CPR Kits to Williamson County High Schools
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — In an effort to create more lifesavers in our community, Williamson Medical Center and Cigna joined together to make sure that every Williamson County high school had a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Kit.
Twelve CPR Kits were presented to the high schools at January’s school board meeting.
The kits are called Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation In-Schools Training Kits and they are designed to ensure that each Williamson County public high school has the resources needed to teach CPR to students and school staff.
Williamson Medical Center donated CPR Kits to Franklin and Fairview High School and then Cigna came onboard and made kits available for the remaining 10 area high schools.
“We appreciate the relationship we are forging with the American Heart Association,” said Dr. Charles Farmer, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools. “We are thankful for the long standing partnership with Williamson Medical which allows us opportunities we may not be otherwise able to provide. The CPR kits for Franklin High and Fairview High are another example of their generosity.”
Schools are excellent places to offer CPR training, whether it is required for students to graduate, to assist in after-school requirements, or to simply improve cardiac survival rates in the community.
“We hope that by offering CPR training in school, students will learn a skill they can carry with them throughout the community,” said Julie Miller, Chief Operating Officer at WMC “When you teach kids CPR, you’re strengthening community safety. You’re giving students skills they can carry into the future.”
According to the American Heart Association, more than 420,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. Ninety percent of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to begin CPR. Bystander CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or even triple survival rates.
ABOUT THE AHA
The American Heart Association of Greater Nashville is focused on educating high school students about the importance of learning “hands-only” CPR. In 2012, Tennessee passed the Carmen Burnette Act, which requires students to receive hands-only CPR training before graduation. To date, 31 states have passed the CPR In-School bill. To fulfill this requirement, the American Heart Association created and implemented an innovative school-based program to empower students to learn the core skills of CPR. Designed specifically for the classroom, the CPR In-Schools Training Kit provides high school students the opportunity to learn the life-saving skills to respond confidently in a cardiac emergency.
ABOUT WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER
Williamson Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible health care possible. More than 600 physicians represent 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center offers patients a level of expertise and sophistication one expects to find at larger facilities, but with compassion and convenience unique to WMC. In 2015, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center opened on our campus, adding dedicated pediatric emergent and inpatient care to our offerings. With our fully equipped pediatric rooms, we are now able to provide focused, specific care to the children of our community as well as their parents. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.