HARTSVILLE – Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center used funds raised by its Second Annual Jumpstart Your Heart 5K held in 2020 to grant life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to seven local schools.
The seven schools provided with AEDs include Hartsville High School and Hartsville Middle School. Other Darlington County schools receiving the devices were Darlington High School and Lamar High Schools. Chesterfield County schools were Cheraw High School, Chesterfield High School and McBee High School.
The AEDs will be used, if needed, during sporting events and practices. The portable devices, which are used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, can save the life of a student athlete, coach or spectator who collapses during practice or a game due to a heart rhythm disorder that causes sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
The AEDs were delivered on April 19 at each of the schools, and members of the Carolina Pines Jumpstart Your Heart 5K committee were present to donate each of the devices and provide training on the proper use of an AED. Certification Coordinator Ashley Johnson also provided education on recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke, early heart attack care, and hands-only CPR.
The idea for the AED donation to local schools stemmed from Carolina Pines’ mission, Making Communities Healthier.
“The purpose of hosting our annual 5K each year is to be able to give back to our community and to keep our citizens as healthy as possible. This year we decided to use our proceeds to give back to our local schools and athletes,” said Brendan Burns, Jumpstart Your Heart 5K Race director. “Providing the proper equipment and tools that keep student-athletes safe is critical to their development and well-being.”