Glens Falls Hospital Launches “At Any Moment” Community CPR Challenge

02/23/16

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.’”

Free CPR Classes Scheduled

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

hsullivan@glensfallshosp.org.

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 hrivenburg@glensfallshosp.org.

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.

Initiative Inspired By Real-life Story

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.

Dr. David Judkins, a cardiologist with Adirondack Cardiology, a service of Glens Falls Hospital, and now Mr. Archard’s doctor, was so impressed with the lifesaving chain of events that he made a presentation on the story to the members of the Glens Falls Hospital Board of Governors.

“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.”