From left to right: Kevin Mahoney, CEO, Penn Medicine; Dr. Ben Abella, director, Center for Resuscitation Science, Penn Medicine; Jacyln Conn, survivor; Dr. Rich Snyder, EVP and CMO at Independence; and Jennifer Davis, SVP, American Heart Association, executive director, AHA Philadelphia.
The American Heart Association, Independence Blue Cross, and Penn Medicine celebrate installation of CPR Training kiosk
The American Heart Association (AHA) unveiled a new training kiosk in Philadelphia where visitors can learn Hands-Only CPR in under five minutes. The kiosk is sponsored by Independence Blue Cross and hosted by Penn Medicine. The three organizations work together regularly as part of the CPR Ready coalition, a regional effort in increase CPR education and save lives.
“CPR Ready is a movement to make Philadelphia a leader in CPR,” says Rich Snyder, chief medical officer at Independence and board member at AHA. “Independence is proud to stand with the American Heart Association in the fight to overcome heart disease and promote heart health.”
Survivor Jaclyn Conn said CPR saved her life at just thirty years old. She was coaching a girls’ soccer practice when she collapsed. The team caused enough commotion to alert a bystander who then stepped in to perform CPR.
“Not only did she save my life, she preserved the quality of my life,” Jaclyn shared. “When it comes to CPR, every minute matters.”
In a cardiac emergency, chest compressions keep blood flowing to a person’s vital organs before paramedics arrive on scene. Bystander intervention can double or even triple a person’s chance at survival.
Visitors can access the training kiosk on the second floor of the Perelman Center. The city’s first kiosk is located at Independence Visitors Center and has reached over 22,000 people since 2017.
Learn more about the importance of Hands-Only CPR or schedule a free training at themobilecprproject.com.
CPR Ready partners include: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Chester County EMS, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, CPR/AED Public Awareness and Training Network, The Foundation for Delaware County, The Health Care Improvement Foundation, Independence Blue Cross, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Penn Medicine, Philadelphia Fire Department, and the School District of Philadelphia.