St. Mary’s Foundation donates life-saving devices to area little leagues
(HUNTINGTON)—The St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, through a grant from Fifth Third Bank, is donating automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to 14 little leagues in West Virginia.
The AEDs will be donated to the Hurricane Little League and West Virginia District 1 Little League, which consists of the 13 leagues in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties.
“We are extremely thankful for St. Mary’s and Fifth Third Bank,” said Greg Adkins, District Administrator, W.Va. District 1. “This donation enables us to be a leader in the area when it comes to the safety of our players, volunteers and fans. It is such a wonderful gift.”
“Fifth Third Bank is so pleased to support the St. Mary’s Foundation external defibrillator program for area little leagues,” said Bob Welty, state president of Fifth Third Bank and chairman of the Foundation. “St. Mary’s Medical Center has a long, rich history of service and dedication to Greater Huntington, as well as to the surrounding communities. With safety being paramount, Fifth Third is proud to participate in such a vital community outreach.”
According to the American Red Cross, improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year.
AED training for the little leagues will be provided by St. Mary’s, in conjunction with Phillips, the maker of the devices. Phillips HeartStart AEDs are the number one portable defibrillator among airlines, in airports and in workplaces worldwide.
Photo: Andy Watson, Organizational Development And Learning critical care educator at St. Mary’s, shows the components of the Phillips HeartStart AED.