Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center will offer free Heartsaver CPR/AED/Heimlich courses throughout 2016.
These free classes are made possible by a Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant, which was awarded to the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health in Terre Haute. The Lugar Center is administering the grant funds in west-central Indiana and east-central Illinois. The grant will pay for CPR/AED/Heimlich training, as well as the deployment of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in rural areas of high need.
A goal of the grant is to train 500 people in Edgar County in CPR/AED by July 2016.
The first of these courses at Paris Community Hospital, which will be offered monthly, will take place Friday, January 22, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, in Conference Room D.
“While we are working to put together a schedule of monthly classes offered by PCH/FMC, we are also open to holding classes off campus at the request of businesses and industries,” said Rachel Kelley, RN, class facilitator. “Churches, social groups, clubs, schools – even large families – are great organizations to host a class. The class only takes about two hours and a minimum of five participants is required.”
The course is open to anyone in the community who wants to learn adult CPR and the use of an (AED), which is used in cases of life threatening cardiac events. The course, which is certified by the American Heart Association, also will teach the Heimlich maneuver, which is used in choking emergencies.
Registration for the January 22 class is required by Thursday, January 21, at 9 am. Call Rachel Kelley, RN, BSN, MS, at 217-465-2606, Ext. 320.
For a listing of all free CPR/AED classes in 2016, visit ParisCommunityHospital.com/FreeCPR.