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Published on February 20, 2009

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Adventist HealthCare Presents Defibrillator to Clarksburg Community

Donation Expands Access to Early Treatment for Heart Attack Victims

Rockville, MD – Residents of Clarksburg who suffer from a heart attack will now have access to a life-saving automated external defibrillator (AED) thanks to a donation from Adventist HealthCare.  The AED, which is valued at more than $1,500, will be presented to the Clarksburg Civic Association during their monthly meeting on Monday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m.

“Adventist HealthCare is pleased to provide this live-saving defibrillator to the Clarksburg community,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.  “This is another way that we are expanding access to important health-care services for residents of upper Montgomery County.”

An AED is a computerized medical device that can check a person’s heart rhythm, recognize when a shock is needed to restore the rhythm and provide the shock.  Coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks, is the number one cause of death in the United States.  When a person suffers from a heart attack, the immediate delivery of CPR or, when available, defibrillation through an AED can make a difference between life and death.  Adventist HealthCare will be offering CPR and AED training to the Clarksburg community.

“The defibrillator from Adventist HealthCare is one of many benefits of their presence in the Clarksburg community,” notes Kathleen Mitchell, Ombudsman for Clarksburg.  “Their network of medical and lifestyle experts is bringing tools, training and educational opportunities to our residents and contributing to a lifetime of health and wellness.” The AED will remain in the Clarksburg Ombudsman’s office, which hosts a number of events and activities throughout the year.

Adventist HealthCare has been working to expand access to health care in upper Montgomery County for many years. Recently, Adventist HealthCare has filed a Letter of Intent with the Maryland Health Care Commission to build a long-planned hospital and medical campus at Route 121 and Interstate 270 in Clarksburg. Adventist Health Care’s Health and Wellness Department also offers a number of important health and safety classes in upper Montgomery County.  In 2006, Adventist HealthCare opened the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown.  Also, last year Adventist opened a clinic for low income patients as well as a prenatal center in Germantown.  And, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has been meeting the health care needs of the upper Montgomery County region since 1979.

“We are pleased to partner with the upcounty community to offer a number of classes and health services including CPR, babysitting and flu shots,” said Judy Lichty, Regional Director of Health and Wellness for Adventist HealthCare.

"Clarksburg is very fortunate to have Adventist HealthCare donate a defibrillator to us,” said Kathie Hulley, President of the Clarksburg Civic Association.  “To have such a lifesaver that can be operated by almost anyone is very reassuring.  We are very grateful for this outreach to our community."

The Civic Association meeting will be held in the Ombudsman's Office at 23201 Stringtown Road (in the Highlands Shopping Center at the corner of Route 355 and Stringtown Road).

Adventist HealthCare , an integrated, health-care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health Services, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Health Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, and LifeWork Strategies.


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