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On May 30, a new community campaign involving Compression-Only CPR will be unveiled at Nebraska Heart Campus

May 29 2012

Lincoln, Neb. – On Wednesday, May 30, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center and the Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital will announce a new partnership with the City of Lincoln Fire & Rescue Department to provide education and increase awareness of a new, compression-only method for the delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death. Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States. When a teen or adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR. Sadly, 89 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die. Most Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency, because they do not know how to administer CPR.

Eighty percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings. Compression-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Tomorrow, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. on the campus of the Nebraska Heart Hospital, members from Lincoln Fire & Rescue, The American Heart Association as well as Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center and Nebraska Heart will unveil a new community campaign involving Compression-Only CPR.

This new campaign will provide CPR training and awareness for the citizens of the community. The benefit will be that more citizens of our community will know the value of CPR and are prepared to perform it when needed.

CPR Initiative Press Conference:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
10:00 a.m.

Nebraska Heart Campus
7500 South 91st
Front Drive of Hospital

Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
, founded more than 120 years ago, is a full-service, 260-bed nonprofit regional medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Saint Elizabeth has been selected as a Top 100 Hospital® in the nation by Thomson Reuters five times and has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing since 2004. Saint Elizabeth received their most recent award from The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes the commitment to a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 76 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual revenues of more than $10.5 billion, CHI is the nation's second-largest Catholic health care system.

Catholic Health Initiatives organizations in Nebraska include Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, HealthConnect at Home serving Lincoln, Grand Island and Kearney, Nebraska Heart Hospital and Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, St. Mary’s Community Hospital in Nebraska City and The Physician Network. Through its hospital facilities and The Physician Network, Catholic Health Initiatives in Nebraska provides full-service inpatient, outpatient and behavioral health care along with primary care and specialty physician services.

In the spirit of its founders, the ministries of CHI Nebraska provide not only medical care, but are community partners. Called by shared core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence, these organizations devote funding and resources to programs and services that benefit the health of the greater community.