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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               Connecticut Department of Public Health

June 8, 2010                                                Contact: William Gerrish

                                                                    (860) 509-7270



HARTFORD – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced it is the first state agency in Connecticut to be designated a HEARTSafe Workplace.


“The HEARTSafe Workplace program is designed to promote and recognize the efforts of workplaces to provide improved cardiac response and care to its employees and visitors,” said DPH Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.  “DPH has demonstrated its commitment toward ensuring that people in its workplace receive early lifesaving response proven to increase the chances of survival for heart attack victims.”


Recognizing that people spend the majority of their lives in their workplace, DPH began the HEARTSafe Workplace program to foster environments that improve the survival odds for people suffering sudden cardiac events, such as cardiac arrests or heart attacks.  The key to the program has been dubbed by the American Heart Association as the Chain of Survival.  The Chain of Survival has four vital links:  early access to emergency care; early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); early defibrillation with automated external defibrillators (AEDs); and early advanced care. 


A HEARTSafe Workplace promotes and supports: CPR/AED training for a minimum of 10% of staff; public access to defibrillation through strategic placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs); health promotion activities and events for employees; and a written emergency action plan.  The designation is for three years. 


Workplaces can include privates businesses, educational institutions, non-profit agencies, government agencies, faith based organizations, etc.


More information regarding the HEARTSafe Workplace can be downloaded from the Connecticut Department of Public Health website at: or by contacting Gary St. Amand, Health Program Associate, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at or 860-509-7581.


The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state.  To contact the department, please visit its website at or call (860) 509-7270.