Donated money will buy Center a new defibrillator.
This afternoon, several doctors at Henry Mayo Hospital presented the Senior Center with a check to purchase a new defibrillator.
The $2,300 check will cover the cost of buying an Automated External Defibrillator, which is a portable device that used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients suffering from heart attacks. Two years of maintenance costs were also included in the check.
The money was donated by the Medical Executive Committee, who voted to donate from their treasury.
Henry Mayo Chief of Staff Dr. Mark Sender made the presentation to SCV Senior Center Executive Director Brad Berens.
The device dramatically increases survival probability for cardiac arrest patients, and will be stationed at the Senior Center.
“If something happens to them, and we can deal with it right away, we have a better chance of saving them,” Dr. Sender told KHTS. “And therefore this is an outstanding opportunity for us to help the community.”
The device can be operated by anyone, and it comes with step by step directions.The system is automated, so once it is connected to the patient, the device will gather data from the body and automatically determine whether or not an electronic pulse needs to be administered.
The Henry Mayo Medical Executive Committee previously voted to give a set amount of free second opinions to patients at the Samuel Dixon Health Center, which caters to low income families in Santa Clarita.