The Medtronic Foundation/HeartRescue Program Partners With North Memorial Health Care to Support Statewide AED Training

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. — WHAT: Representatives from The Medtronic Foundation/HeartRescue program will present a $60,000 check to the North Memorial Foundation. The grant will help fund the AED training of nearly 4,000 people across the state of Minnesota over the next two years.

SUMMARY: According to the American Heart Association (AHA), it is estimated that nearly 350,000 people in the United States experience sudden cardiac death each year, and that only 5 percent of this population survives such an episode. Studies suggest that early defibrillation plays a key role in increasing the chances of survival — in fact, the AHA estimates that if automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) were more widely available, more than 20,000 lives could be saved each year.

On Thursday, 1:30 p.m., The Medtronic Foundation/HeartRescue program will make a grant of $60,000 to the North Memorial Foundation to support the AED training of nearly 4,000 people across the state of Minnesota over the next two years.

For nearly 10 years, North Memorial has provided AED training to first responder groups, fire departments, EMS personnel, law enforcement and private companies. Now, with the help of the Medtronic Foundation/HeartRescue program, North Memorial will be able to expand its reach to police and fire departments and community businesses in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.

The Medtronic Foundation is Medtronic’s primary vehicle for making charitable donations. The Foundation focuses on three areas of need: health, education and community. The HeartRescue Grant Program focuses on supporting projects that directly impact a community through efforts to train, to educate and to create awareness about sudden cardiac death and the benefits of early defibrillation.

SOURCE: North Memorial Hospital