Automated External Defibrillator sign

Gifts made to Spartanburg Regional Foundation Heart Services fund enable our Heart Division to place AEDs throughout the community and provide life-saving training. In 2017, the Foundation’s AED Assistance Program invested nearly $40,000 for the purpose of providing AEDs for 25 local organizations. These include schools, churches and nonprofit organizations.

Applications were reviewed by the heart division’s executive committee, and recipients were announced on   May 3.

As AEDs become more common, the potential for saving lives grows. Improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year, according to the American Red Cross.

An AED works by scanning a person who may be experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and, if needed, delivering a shock to the person’s cardiovascular system. The machines come with straightforward instructions on how to apply the equipment to the chest of a SCA victim.

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Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s AED Assistance Program was launched in February 2017 as part of National Heart Month and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s “Celebrate the Hearts You Love” campaign.

The Foundation’s heart division partnered with the Heart Center and the Corporate Education Division of SRHS to provide training for AED recipients and to work with them on overall emergency response plans.

2017 recipients:

  • Pacolet Mills Baptist Church
  • Moriah Baptist Church of Spartanburg
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Foster Chapel Baptist Church
  • Charles Lea Center
  • The Haven Shelter
  • Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society
  • Eden Wesleyan Church
  • Golden Street Baptist Church
  • Inman Community Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • Spartanburg School District Three
  • Spartanburg School District Two
  • Immanuel United Methodist Church
  • Pelham First Baptist
  • Wellford Baptist Church
  • Immanuel Lutheran School
  • Springfield Baptist Church
  • Reidville Road United Methodist Church
  • Sugar Ridge Commons Homeowners Association
  • Free Chapel – Spartanburg
  • AccessHealth
  • Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
  • High Point Academy
  • Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

The 2017 AED assistance program is now closed. The application portal will re-open in February 2018. If you have any questions regarding the program please contact Nicole T. Papst (864) 560-6503.

Medical emergencies can strike any time, and when they happen, minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Choose to take action. First call 9-1-1, then locate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), a user friendly device with simple steps that can save a life. Turn on the AED to follow the voice prompts.