AED Program (Automated External Defibrillator Program)
Avera St. Mary's Foundation is teaming up with Philips to start a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program in central South Dakota. The Foundation is working to increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest by increasing the availability of automated external defibrillator (AED) devices and empowering people to use them through AED/CPR training and education. Saving lives is the focus of this project. We believe central South Dakota will become a role model for the rest of the state on how to bring communities together to be trained and equipped to use these life-saving devices.
The Foundation will be working on locating the AEDs in Potter, Sully, Hughes, Stanley, Hyde, Lyman, and Jones Counties. A database will then be developed to notify the AED registered facility when the batteries and pads have expired and need to be replaced. A list of AED locations along with maps will be made available to the public to increase the awareness of where AEDs are located and also to determine locations where AEDs need to be placed in the community.
Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants through the Foundation to help pay for the cost of the AED. Businesses can also order AEDs through the Foundation at a price that has been negotiated with the supplier. For more information on the Avera St. Mary's Foundation PAD Program or to make a donation to help place AEDs in the community. Call Julie Moore at 605-224-3451 or email us.