SwedishAmerican Medical Group Provides $12,000 Grant to Harlem School District to Support Life-Saving CPR/AED Training

SwedishAmerican Medical Group is providing $12,000 in support for CPR training at Harlem Schools. The grant will allow all 9th-12th grade students in the district to learn CPR during the 2015-2016 school year. The grant was made possible through the SwedishAmerican Foundation along with the generosity of SwedishAmerican Medical Group’s physicians.

The grant allows for all students to learn lifesaving skills of adult CPR; child CPR; infant CPR; adult and child AED use; and relief of choking in an adult, child and infant. The annual training will reinforce the steps of CPR and the use of the AED through the American Heart Family & Friends CPR program.

SwedishAmerican EMS will provide CPR training for Harlem School District nurses, allowing them to have the skills to train and teach students CPR. Additionally, the $12,000 grant also will provide:

•AED trainers
•Videos, instructor manuals, students books and adult/child and infant mannequins
•Life-saving skills directly related to SwedishAmerican’s mission

SwedishAmerican Medical Group is making this program possible for Harlem Schools due to a bill that passed into law last summer. The “Lauren Laman Law” was named for Lauren Laman, a 17-year-old in St. Charles, IL, who collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest during dance practice at school. CPR was not given before EMS arrived and no AED was used, even though there was one nearby. The new law requires secondary schools to add CPR and AED training to their curriculum and training must meet the standards of the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.

“SwedishAmerican Medical Group is honored to provide this grant to Harlem Schools for life-saving training,” says Dr. Thomas Schiller, SwedishAmerican Medical Group president. “This is just one more way SwedishAmerican is helping to transform Rockford and make it a healthier place to live.”

This is the second-largest grant SwedishAmerican has provided for CPR training at our area school districts. In October of 2014, the SwedishAmerican Foundation provided $90,000 to Rockford Public Schools for 6th and 10th grade students to learn CPR. The grant also funded CPR training for all health instructors and nurses, AED trainers in all of the middle and high schools, videos, manuals and adult and infant mannequins.

“The more people who are trained in CPR, the more lifesavers we have in our community,” says SwedishAmerican Emergency Management Manager Tom Pratt.

For further information, contact:

Paul Greenland

Katryna Kirby