In order to continue our tradition of providing lifesaving medical equipment to our community, the NCMC Foundation partnered with the City of Greeley and NCMC’s CardioVascular Institute to become only the second city in Colorado to earn the designation of a Heart Safe City.
The Heart Safe City designation, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is a community-wide effort to educate citizens on the dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Identifying symptoms, learning how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are major components of the Heart Safe City designation.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 325,000 lives each year. Brain death begins to occur in just 4-6 minutes after cardiac arrest. Chances of survival are reduced by 7-10% with every minute that passes without CPR and the use of an AED. If more people were educated in CPR, and AEDs were more widely available in our community, survival rates could be as high as 50%.
The Heart Safe City initiative calls for the placement of AEDs in public gathering spots throughout the City of Greeley. Placements range from shopping malls, swimming pools, each of the 30 elementary through high schools in our city (including charters), grocery stores, theaters, museums, golf courses, and police cars, to name but a few. These easy to use AEDs are equipped with simple step-by-step user instructions and will be maintained by Banner North Colorado Medical Center Paramedic Services
If you would like to contribute to the Heart Safe City Program, please contact the NCMC Foundation at 970-356-9020. Donors who purchase an AED outright will have their name placed on the device, noting their generous gift to the NCMC Foundation.