Somerton Youth Organization Receives AED from Holy Redeemer, Rep. Brendan Boyle Comments
Posted Date: 9/11/2012
Philadelphia, PA—September 11, 2012—Holy Redeemer Health System is pleased to announce the donation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Somerton Youth Organization. The AED was dedicated on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
“Holy Redeemer has focused on the needs of women and their children since its founding in 1924,” said Russ Wagner, Chief Financial Officer. “Northeast Philadelphia is an important part of Holy Redeemer’s community. It made perfect sense to us that we should provide this lifesaving device to Somerton Youth Organization, which provides healthy options—like team sports—for children and families.”
Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer cardiac arrest each year. Rapid treatment is imperative. According to OSHA, “AEDs are easy to use and can make the critical difference in reviving individuals who suffer a cardiac crisis. If administered within three minutes, the electric shock (defibrillation) [provided by AEDs] restores the normal rhythm to the victim's heart and can increase survival rates from less than 5 percent to nearly 75 percent. Immediate defibrillation can revive more than 90 percent of victims."
Holy Redeemer Health System includes a cardiovascular care at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, Montgomery County, and provides telemonitoring services to its heart failure patients in HomeCare throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
“Activities such as those available through Somerton Youth Organization play an important role in the lives of local young people. The health and safety of these young athletes is of equal importance,” said Rep. Brendan Boyle. “It was my honor to bring Somerton Youth Organization together with Holy Redeemer Health System to present this potentially lifesaving AED machine.”
Holy Redeemer Health System
With an emphasis on providing a continuum of care, Holy Redeemer Health System remains true to the mission to care, comfort and heal that its sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, began in our region in 1924 – to provide high quality, compassionate care. Today, Holy Redeemer offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, two skilled nursing facilities, personal care, an independent living community for seniors, low-income housing, an active living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children. With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Holy Redeemer Health System is a Catholic healthcare provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County.
State Representative Brendan Boyle
State Representative Brendan Boyle D, represents the 170th District, in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties. Boyle's legislative priorities include affordable education, universal health care for children and adults, crime reduction, sustainable growth and government reform.