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Hobart Schools will now be able to implement a CPR in Schools program to train students in CPR skills thanks to a generous donation from INTEGRIS Heart Hospital.

INTEGRIS Heart Hospital Donates CPR Kit to Hobart Public Schools

HOBART, OK (Jan. 21, 2019) – Hobart Schools will now be able to implement a CPR in Schools program to train students in CPR skills thanks to a generous donation from INTEGRIS Heart Hospital. The donation made it possible for the school to be presented an American Heart Association (AHA) CPR in Schools® training kit on the teacher professional day on January 21, 2019.

Person receiving CPR

“CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival,” said Randy Ashcraft, vice president with INTEGRIS Heart Hospital. “We are extremely excited to partner with your school to start training students in the lifesaving skill.”

More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. About 90 percent of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong.

“Schools are integral parts of our communities and teaching life-saving CPR will help increase bystander CPR across all communities and in turn empower more people to act in an emergency and help save a life,” said Terrie Gibson, M.D., a cardiologist with INTEGRIS Heart Hospital. “Teaching students CPR before they graduate will put qualified lifesavers in community, year after year, and we are thrilled to be part of those efforts.”

Oklahoma requires CPR training prior to high school graduation. The CPR in Schools bill (HB 1378) was signed into law in May of 2014 making Oklahoma the 16th state to implement the graduation requirement.

INTEGRIS Heart Hospital has also donated kits to Antlers, Atoka, Coalgate and Hugo schools.

About American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the AHA’s CPR in Schools initiative

Since 2011, the American Heart Association has been working with communities and other organizations to prepare more students, their teachers and families to save lives with CPR in Schools. Lawmakers in 22 states are requiring all students be trained in psychomotor skill-based CPR before graduating from high school. That means more than one million students will be trained in CPR each year, resulting in millions of qualified lifesavers in our communities. Teaching students in school how to administer CPR will help increase the chance that a victim of cardiac arrest has the help they need until paramedics arrive. To learn more about AHA’s CPR in Schools legislation, go to http://beCPRsmart.org.