Press Release: Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Alpha Phi Foundation presented a $50,000 check for their 2013 Heart to Heart Grant to the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) Foundation this morning during a breakfast reception at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The grant will fund a new program, called “Empowering Women to Save Lives through CPR Training,” which will assist in training 600 women (girls – adults) in CPR and empower them to save lives. This grant is one of only two awarded nationally, and the reception was held to celebrate the newly formed philanthropic partnership.
“We are very excited to receive this grant award to train women in life-saving, hands-only CPR,” said Terri McDonald, Administrator of the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center. “National statistics show that over 88 percent of cardiac arrests take place in the home and more than 77 percent of people feel helpless to act when they witness a cardiac arrest.”
The Heart & Vascular Center will partner with Leon County Emergency Medical Services and the local Alpha Phi chapter to conduct multiple group sessions throughout the year and one large, group CPR training in Feb. 2014 during National Heart Month.
“The large group training will include an interactive exhibit of a large-scale replica of the human heart that allows visitors to walk through and see and hear features of the heart, as well as learn more about common heart diseases,” said Lisa Mullee, Director of Tallahassee Memorial’s Cardiovascular Labs.
At each of the sessions, participants will be given a CPR training kit with the expectation they will take the kit and train an additional three family members or friends, ultimately empowering an additional 1,800 community members to save lives.
“This is a powerful philanthropic statement by Alpha Phi,” commented Paula S. Fortunas, President and CEO of the TMH Foundation. “TMH is profoundly grateful and honored by the confidence Alpha Phi has placed in us and the Heart & Vascular Center’s life-saving work.”
About Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Founded more than 60 years ago, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is a private, not-for-profit community health care system that includes a 772-bed acute care hospital, a psychiatric hospital, a Rehabilitation Center, a Family Medicine Residency Program, and five satellite Family Medicine Practices in surrounding counties of the Big Bend Region. TMH is the seventh-largest hospital in Florida with a medical staff of more than 500 physicians representing 50 different specialties. For more information, visit www.tmh.org.