Pictured left to right are: Pam Foster, American Heart Association Mississippi Regional Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee Chair; and, Sonja Warren and Nita Williamson of Wesley Medical Center.
The Mississippi Region of the American Heart Association is pleased to announce the CPR Training Center of the Year for fiscal year 2005 (July 2004 – June 2005) – Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. A Training Center (TC) is an organization, which has contracted with the American Heart Association to provide basic and/or advanced adult and pediatric life support training courses to the community it serves.
The mission of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Programs is to reduce disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies and stroke by improving the Chain of Survival in every community.
The CPR Training Center of the Year award is presented to the CPR Training Center that displays outstanding performance in all areas of CPR Training Center activities – healthcare, lay credentialed and community training. Wesley Medical Center has trained 13,882 people since 2000. During fiscal year 2005, Wesley Medical Center had a 56.6% increase in training. To broaden their reach within the healthcare market, Wesley made extra efforts to offer training outside their hospital staff to clinics and healthcare staff throughout their service area. In the lay credentialed training area, the Medical Center offered onsite training courses for industries, childcare centers, teachers and area businesses. To increase training in the community market, Wesley offered bi-monthly courses to the community and taught pediatric CPR courses as a part of childbirth classes at the hospital. Wesley Medical is involved in all aspects of the American Heart Association’s mission, from training people in the community in CPR; to speaking to community organizations such as schools, churches and places of work about heart health, CPR and first aid. The Medical Center is also a strong supporter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign and the American Heart Walk.
The Wesley Medical Center CPR Training Center is under the direction of Nita Williamson, RN. Ms. Williamson accepted the award on behalf of the Medical Center at the American Heart Association Mississippi CPR Training Center Awards Luncheon held at the Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville. Previous recipients of this award are North Mississippi EMS Authority in 1999; Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in 2000; the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2001; Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in 2002; North Mississippi EMS Authority in 2003; and North Mississippi Health Services in 2004.
Mississippi’s forty-four CPR Training Centers trained 82,604 people in the life-saving skills of basic and advanced life support in fiscal year 2005. Throughout the United States, American Heart Association’s basic and advanced life support courses are used to train more than nine million people each year. The courses are provided through a network of over 3,300 Training Centers and over 306,000 Instructors. The American Heart Association’s courses have been taught throughout the U.S. for more than 30 years. For more information on how to find a CPR or First Aid course in your area, visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.americanheart.org or dial our toll-free hotline at 877-AHA-4CPR.
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases, claim more than 910,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2004–05 the association invested over $473 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.