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Abington Residents Benefit From Signature Healthcare / Abington Rotary Club Partnership

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Organizations Combine Forces to Raise Funds to Purchase Automated CPR Device for the Town

Residents of Abington will now have a better chance of surviving a cardiac arrest thanks to the partnership between the Abington Rotary Club and Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. The two local organizations combined efforts to raise nearly $13,000 to purchase an automated CPR device. 

Through the joint efforts of Rotary Club member, Joel Geller, Signature Healthcare Vice-President of Development, Jeff Miller, and Abington Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Silva, the groups came together for a single purpose, the survival of Abington citizens suffering from the unexpected loss of heart function. 

“There’s only one thing certain for those who experience sudden cardiac arrest,” stated Silva. “CPR will be necessary.” This automated device, known as the LUCAS 2, (Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System) delivers consistent, high quality precision compressions allowing the paramedics to concentrate on other necessary functions to help the patient. 

This device is the second one to be on board the Abington Fire Department Ambulances. “We credit the LUCAS with a couple of saves already in Abington,” Silva explained. “If we are transporting someone down a flight of stairs or in the ambulance we can rely on the LUCAS to deliver compressions consistently without worry about interruptions for environmental factors or worrying about our safety in the ambulance. Now we have twice the capacity.” 

“Joel approached me several months ago looking for an opportunity to connect the charitable giving of the Rotary Club with the hospital,” Miller stated. “At about the same time, Dr. Dan Muse, one of our Emergency Department physicians who is active in the EMS community, introduced me to Justin who was looking for help in raising money to purchase a CPR device for Abington. Connecting the Rotary Club to Justin was the perfect solution.” 

“Rotary International’s motto is ‘Service Above Self.’ EMTs live by that motto often putting themselves in harm’s way to help others,” explained Geller. “We are happy to continue our tradition of giving back to our community by helping the Abington Fire Department.” 

Money to purchase the LUCAS was obtained from local contributors including Abington Bank, Wal-Mart Foundation, Signature Healthcare Cardiologists, The Abington Rotary Club, Abington Fire Local 2080, Cape Cod Lumber, the Abington Lions Club and several private contributors. 

“We are extremely thankful to the Abington Rotary Club, Signature Healthcare, and to all those who contributed to this gift to our community,” Silva remarked.

"We are extremely appreciative of efforts of Firefighter/Paramedic Silva and the teamwork from all of the parties involved to make this a reality" said Abington Fire Chief John Nuttall.
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