FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Connecticut Department of Public Health
March 29, 2010 Contact: William Gerrish
“The HEARTSafe Communities program is designed to promote and recognize the efforts of local municipalities to provide improved cardiac response and care to its residents,” said DPH Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. “Hebron has demonstrated its commitment toward ensuring that its residents and visitors receive the early lifesaving response proven to increase the chances of survival for heart attack victims.”
“I am very pleased that the Town of Hebron has been designated a HEARTsafe community,” said Town Manager Bonnie Therrien. “This means that Hebron has made sure that keeping our citizens and community safe and healthy is a priority for the town. Having our town buildings equipped with the necessary equipment to respond to a heart emergency and making sure our staff is trained in using the equipment will continue to be a top goal of Hebron”.
DPH began the HEARTSafe Communities program to foster community 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 and early advanced care.
A HEARTSafe Community promotes and supports: CPR training in the community; public access to defibrillation through strategic placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use by public safety professionals and other trained community members; and early advanced care.
Hebron met the program requirements for public placement of AEDs, trained community residents, and equipped, staffed and trained emergency responders. In addition, Hebron is planning on continuing to provide community CPR training programs and expand the availability of AEDs in public locations.
Municipalities wishing to obtain designation as a HEARTSafe Community can download an application from the Connecticut Department of Public Health website at: www.ct.gov/dph/heartsafe or contact Gary St. Amand at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.ct.gov/dph or call (860) 509-7270.