Glens Falls Hospital Launches “At Any Moment” Community CPR Challenge
Volunteer Board of Governors and Executive Team Become 100% CPR-certified,
Encourage Others to Join Them
You’re at home … at work … or doing your weekly shopping, and a family member, co-worker or fellow shopper suddenly collapses, in sudden cardiac arrest. CPR could be the difference between life and death.
Would you know what to do?
That’s the question that Glens Falls Hospital and its volunteer
Board of Governors is asking people to think about as part of a new regional
public awareness and education initiative entitled, “At Any Moment: The Glens
Falls Hospital Community CPR Challenge.”
The initiative was developed at the suggestion of Board of
Governors member Gary Hicks, a retired medical device manufacturing executive
from Granville, after the Board heard a presentation about a lifesaving CPR
story in Mr. Hicks’ hometown. With Mr. Hicks’ encouragement, the entire Board
and senior executive team became CPR-certified, and are now turning their
attention to the broader public.
“We want people to think about the fact that any one of us could
be in need of CPR — or in a position to save a life — literally at
any moment,” said Hospital President & CEO Dianne Shugrue. “And as an
organization that is committed to keeping people healthy, we’re stepping
forward and saying, ‘Let us help you learn.’”
In addition to driving awareness of the importance of CPR, the
hospital is hosting a series of free public CPR classes, and offering
assistance to businesses and other not-for-profit organizations that wish to
provide training to employees and board members.
At this time, five free public CPR classes are scheduled in the
Hospital’s Community Learning Center in the Northwest Tower Lobby at the
following dates and times:
Wednesday, March 2, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
• Thursday, March 3, from 6-9 p.m.
• Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Thursday, March 1, 6-9 p.m. • Saturday,
March 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Reservations can be made by contacting Heidi Sullivan of GFH at (518) 926-5901 or
Businesses and organizations wishing to work with the Hospital to schedule training for employees and/or board members are asked to contact Heather Rivenburg at (518) 926-6009 or email@example.com.
The Hospital is reminding people about the importance of CPR
through paid advertising, social media, and direct outreach to businesses and
not-for-profit organizations. People are encouraged to share their lifesaving
CPR stories, or announce their certifications, on social media using
#AtAnyMoment. The Hospital website includes the schedule of free public
CPR classes and a downloadable schedule poster that businesses and organizations are encouraged to post for their employees and customers.
The inspiration for “At Any Moment” comes from the story of Terry
Archard of Middle Granville and Harry Ralph of Danby, VT, once strangers, now friends
forever due to Mr. Ralph’s CPR training.
In March 2014, Mr. Archard was grocery shopping in the Granville
Price Chopper when his heart suddenly stopped beating. Mr. Ralph, who was
trained in CPR and the use of automatic external defibrillators in his job with
Green Mountain Power, rushed to Mr. Archard’s aid and used CPR and an AED to
restart his heart while an ambulance was en route. EMTs from Granville
Emergency Squad further stabilized Mr. Archard and rushed him to the Glens
Falls Hospital Emergency Department where doctors used therapeutic hypothermia
to lower his body temperature, preventing brain damage while his blood flow was
impaired. A diagnostic cardiac catheterization was then performed in the
Hospital’s cardiovascular suite, at which time severe blockages were discovered
in Mr. Archard’s coronary arteries and he was rushed to Albany Medical Center
for open heart surgery. Today, Mr. Archard is doing well and, with Mr. Ralph as
his inspiration, has become CPR-certified himself.
“Terry received the best possible care you can get at every level,”
Dr. Judkins said. “You couldn’t have scripted it any better. And I thought it
was important that the Board heard about this story and how responsible people
in the community, and highly skilled emergency services personnel, and the
staff of this great hospital all worked together to save this man’s life.
The impact on Mr. Hicks was immediate and deep.
“It’s an incredible story. It makes you really want to learn CPR,”
Mr. Hicks said. “It’s easy and quick to learn, and I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice
if our entire board was certified.’ Well, everyone was on board and we
accomplished that, and then I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get the
community involved on a grander scale. So that’s what we’re doing: showing the
power of people to learn CPR and save someone’s life.”