MRHC Foundation donates CPR kits for schools

A generous donation from McAlester Regional Health Center’s Foundation to the American Heart Association will provide CPR in Schools Training Kits for 4 area high schools.


The Foundation and AHA presented the CPR in Schools Kits to Haileyville High School, Hartshorne High School, Indianola High School and Wilburton High School on March 8.


The donation comes after the State of Oklahoma signed the CPR in Schools bill into law requiring all Oklahoma students to have CPR training prior to high school graduation beginning in the 2015-16 school year.


MRHC Foundation Director Ryan Gathard said each training kit is designed to teach the core skills of CPR in less than 30 minutes and serves as a sustainable resource for hundreds of local students.


“Nearly 424,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, with less than 11 percent of victims surviving. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors,” Gathard said.


A sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack; it occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.


“We are so grateful to have the McAlester Regional Health Center Foundation partner with us to provide these resources for local schools. These kits equip hundreds of students, each year, with this lifesaving skill,” said Lynn Partney, Heart Walk Director for the American Heart Association.