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New AEDs Help Scouts ‘Be Prepared’
SVHC delivers the two remaining AEDs to the North Florida Council of Boy Scouts during a presentation last month. On hand were (from left) John Moscarillo, Medtronic; Brian Patterson, Megan Shaw and Jack Spears, North Florida Council of Boy Scouts; SVMC Associate Lisa Dean, RN; and Jose Lepervanche, a Scout Leader and SCA survivor.
It was a day at camp for most, but the subject at hand was no playing matter. Although Sudden Cardiac Arrest has been in the news lately with several public figures falling victim, St. Vincent’s HealthCare has been talking about it for a while.
SVHC kicked off the Partners in Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest campaign more than a year ago to reduce the number of people who die from SCA by providing life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator devices to Jacksonville area organizations.
Last month, several SVHC associates gathered at Camp Echocktee Boy Scout Camp in Orange Park to present the last two AEDs to the North Florida Council of Boy Scouts. An AED training session was also held.
The speaker for the event was Jose Lepervanche, a Scout leader whose life was saved by an AED.
“By having more defibrillators available and teaching the community how to use them, we hope to save lives,” said Karen Darnell, SVHC Vice President and CNO.