Wisconsin Methodist Church Becomes Heart Safe to Protect Aging Congregation

Fall River United Methodist Church in Fall River, WI is now heart safe after receiving a HeartSine® Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to protect its aging congregation. The AED was awarded as part of a grant program sponsored by Hopey’s Heart Foundation and supported by HeartSine Technologies.

The church, part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., received the HeartSine defibrillator courtesy of Hopey’s Heart Foundation, a group committed to raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) throughout the country. SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. It can happen to people of all ages, including children, and is often fatal if not treated within minutes.

Well-aware of the dangers of SCA, Kimberly Schuetz, Registered Nurse and member of the church, applied to the AED Grant Program in hopes of receiving a defibrillator that would protect the church’s 60 members.

“Our church has a very elderly congregation and we thought it would be appropriate and safe to have an AED on hand in case of an emergency,” says Schuetz.

The HeartSine samaritan® PAD 350P will be stored in an AED wall case on the main level of the church, easily visible and accessible to all staff and members. Its location was carefully selected, as for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation during SCA, the chance of survival decreases by seven–10%.

“Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a serious condition that can happen to people of any age, often without warning, and I am proud to be part of an organization that is committed to promoting the use of AEDs,” says Tina Charles, WNBA player for the New York Liberty and Hopey’s Heart Foundation Founder.

HeartSine and Hopey’s Heart Foundation congratulate Fall River United Methodist Church 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 AEDs in 35 states across the United States.