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Heart attack patients in White County have new hope for improved outcomes, thanks to a gift to The Medical Center Foundation.
Now all four ambulances in White County are equipped with the LUCASTM System, a device that provides automatic chest compressions to patients experiencing cardiac arrest. Emily and Joseph Glover of Cleveland recently presented the equipment to White County EMS.
“We are extremely grateful for the Glovers’ generosity and hope that others in the Northeast Georgia region will be inspired by this gift,” said Nancy Colston, president and chief development officer of The Medical Center Foundation. “The Glover gift is truly a blessing to our community.”
By providing chest compressions automatically, the LUCASTM device maintains the circulation of oxygen to the heart and brain, freeing up paramedics to attend to the patient in other ways and communicate with the hospital while en route.
“Currently, only a very small percentage of patients who experience cardiac arrest leave the hospital without neurological defects,” said Tom Edwards, director of Heart & Vascular Services for Northeast Georgia Medical Center. “Prehospital CPR, or bystander CPR, is critical to improving these outcomes.”
Prehospital CPR is especially important in rural Georgia, where travel times to NGMC can be longer than 30 minutes. Maintaining the recommended 100 compressions per minute for prolonged periods can be difficult — even for trained EMS professionals. Having a LUCASTM device on every ambulance is an important step toward improving outcomes for patients who experience cardiac arrest.
The Glovers hope their gift challenges other donors throughout NGMC’s 14-county service area.
“Earlier this year, Joe and I read an article about Linda and Bob Fowler’s gift of a LUCASTM device to White County,” Emily Glover said. “We felt strongly that every ambulance in White County needed this life-saving equipment. How wonderful it would be if someone in another county read this story and did the same.”
For more information about giving opportunities, contact Sonya Smith, annual gifts officer of The Medical Center Foundation, at 770-219-8098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.