Working Together to Save Lives and Train Thousands in CPR

Centura Health is partnering with the health care community in an unprecedented way to bring greater awareness, education and access to resources through the Saving Lives initiative," explains Gary Campbell, president and CEO of Centura Health. This collaboration among the Denver-area health care systems is especially significant because it allows us to touch Coloradoans, and contribute collectively to sustaining the health of our state for generations to come."

Throughout the year, CPR classes will be conducted at various corporations for employees and will be integrated into community events for the general public. These will be Friends and Family CPR training classes. Basic CPR skills will be taught by trained professionals. Participants will walk away with the skills to save a life, however, CPR certification is not provided. It is important to keep in mind that a person needs to know the skills to save a lifethat card in their wallet is only an additional benefit to them. That card will not save someone who is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest on the football field, sidewalk, or at the poolbasic CPR knowledge and skill will.

Throughout this year, the American Heart Association, HealthONE, Centura Health, and Exempla Healthcare will together be asking Colorado residents to make a pledge to be trained in CPR in 2010-2011. Whether that is through an employer, by joining us at one of our community events, finding a CPR training center near you, or by attending our Mass CPR Training event in Marchwe are asking our community to join together and pledge to save more lives. When performed on a person who has suffered cardiac arrest, CPR can double that persons chances of survival; it can truly be the difference between life and death," says Bob Ladenburger, president and CEO of Exempla Healthcare. You can learn CPR in just a few hours. Its time well spent when you consider that it could help you save the life of someone you love. Exempla Healthcare and the American Heart Association have a long history of partnership, and were proud to help empower people to be able to learn the skills that save lives."

The Saving Lives Initiative will wrap up with a Mass CPR Training for the general public on March 26, 2011 at the University of Denver.This will be an all day event where members of the community will have a chance to participate in the 30 minute CPR class of their choice. These training classes are important for everyone; those who have never been trained, those who may be a little rusty and those who use CPR everyday!We at HealthONE know, without a doubt, that CPR saves lives. You dont need to be certified to be able to use the skills and save a life. That is why the mass CPR training event is so important for our communities," explains Jeff Dorsey, President and CEO of HealthONE. This event provides a magnificent opportunity for everyone to become better prepared for the unexpectedwhen someone in their family, at work, or around town needs that critical help." Infant CPR and AED demonstrations will also be available that day.

If you have never been trained, or you are unsure of your conventional CPR skills this is the time to learn! If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved! Help us increase the number of potential rescuers in Denver and Colorado! To sign the PLEDGE to learn CPR, learn what community events we are participating in and details about our Mass CPR Training event in March; visit us at www.heart.org or on facebook at www.facebook.com/ahadenver .

About the American Heart Association

Since 1924, the American Heart Association has helped protect people of all ages and ethnicities from the ravages of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, the nations No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and other cardiovascular diseases, claim nearly a million American lives a year. The association invested more than $140 million in 2006-2007 for research, professional and public education and advocacy so people across America can learn to reduce their risk and live stronger, longer lives.

About Centura Health

Centura Health is Colorados largest hospital and health care network and we are charting the course for the future of health care. Approximately 14,500 of the health care industrys best and brightest with more than 6,000 physician partners, deliver advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Our strength lies in our ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.