Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS), a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been delivering evidence-based addiction treatment services since 1973, can react more quickly to potentially life-threatening cardiac events after receiving a HeartSine® Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in a grant program.
The charitable group, which has earned a nationwide reputation for excellence in its work, received the HeartSine defibrillator after applying to Hopey’s Heart Foundation’s AED Grant Program, an initiative supported by HeartSine Technologies, which provides eligible participants with AED equipment for use during Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
ETS provides opiate-dependent individuals with medication assisted treatment with wrap-around services such as counseling, mental health care, and case management services.
“A large percentage of our patients are homeless. Living on the streets plays havoc with their health, as does abusing drugs, and it is a common occurrence for us to call the paramedics,” says Esther Ricardo-Bulis, Research Coordinator at Evergreen Treatment Services.
Due to the extensive health concerns of the center’s patients, staff felt it was critical to have an AED on hand in the event of a time-sensitive SCA emergency, as for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation during SCA, the chance of survival decreases by 7–10%.
“Seattle is a large city, so emergency services are not always here as quickly as we would like, and we know that when it comes to heart issues, time is of the essence,” says Ricardo-Bulis.
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a serious life-threatening condition that can strike a person of any age, and I am thankful to be part of an organization committed to protecting the heart safety of people across the country through the provision of health education and medical equipment,” says Tina Charles, WNBA player for the New York Liberty and Hopey’s Heart Foundation Founder.
HeartSine and Hopey’s Heart Foundation congratulate Evergreen Treatment Services on their HeartSine samaritan® PAD 350P.
In order to apply to the AED Grant Program, applicants are required to be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or a government entity and need to complete a 500-word application addressing their need for an AED. Since the Grant Program’s launch in 2013, Hopey’s Heart Foundation has placed 131 AED packages in 35 states across the United States.