For Immediate Release
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Subject: GREELEY APARTMENT COMPLEX INSTALLS ONSITE DEFIBRILLATOR
Island Grove Village Apartments (IGV) in northeast Greeley, Colorado, has become the first multifamily housing property to become part of the City’s “Heart Safe City Initiative” with the installation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
“We feel this is an important addition to our ongoing efforts to provide the best housing experience for our residents,” said Richard Maxfield, managing agent for the Section 8 housing complex. “And our board of directors recognized immediately that purchasing one for the property could literally save lives, as well as help create a precedent that other properties might follow.”
The device was purchased by IGV’s board of directors, Trinity Housing Corporation of Greeley, and it has been placed in the property’s free, onsite computer lab and learning center for easy access.
The City of Greeley is only the second city in Colorado to earn the designation of a “Heart Safe City,” a community-wide effort supported by the American Heart Association to educate citizens on the dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Durango was the first city to receive the designation.
The “Heart Safe City” initiative is a cooperative effort of the Greeley Fire Department, the Northern Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) Foundation, Banner NCMC Paramedic Services, and NCMC’s CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado. The initiative calls for the placement of AEDs in public gathering spots throughout Greeley. The AEDs are easy to use and equipped with simple, step-by-step user instructions. Banner NCMC Paramedic Services will maintain the devices.
“We’re so excited for Island Grove Village Apartments to be the first multi-family property in the City to place an AED,” said Dawn Olson, Outreach Program Director for NCMC’s CardioVascular Institute. “It shows real commitment to the health and safety of their residents.”
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States and claims more than 325,000 lives each year. Use of a defibrillator is one of the American Heart Association’s five-step “Chain of Survival,” which also includes notifying the emergency response system, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), advanced life-support, and post-cardiac arrest care.
IGV also is the first Operations Safe Stay (OSS) property to install an AED. OSS is a partnership between the City of Greeley and the Greeley Police Department to enhance the safety of residents, guests, and employees in local properties, including apartment complexes, and hotels and motels.
There will be a presentation of the AED in the IGV computer lab, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014, 119 14th Avenue, Greeley, CO, 80631.
Island Grove Village Apartments is a Housing and Urban Development multifamily housing complex owned and operated by Trinity Housing Corporation, a nonprofit community effort of Trinity Episcopal Church, 3800 W. 20th Street, Greeley, Colorado.