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Bon Secours Community Hospital Offers Life Saving CPR Instruction for Community Residents and Health Care Providers

Local Resident Joins Class to Serve as Life Guard at FamilyReunion

Port Jervis, NY (June 22, 2010) – When nurse Peg Palermo, RN, BS, received a phone call from Theresa Ann Fredericks, she was delighted.

Palermo serves as Clinical Staff Director and Nurse Educator for Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. And on the second Tuesday of each month, she and her team of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructors offer certification training for health care providers as well as CPR classes open to the public.

Fredericks, a businesswoman who lives in Milford, Pennsylvania with her husband John, had called the hospital to join an upcoming class. She explained to Palermo that her family gets together every year for a reunion at her in-laws’ home in Pond Eddy, New York. As many as 70 people attend the weekend event and the pool is a popular attraction, especially for the children.

Fredericks, was well aware of the history of tragic drowning accidents in the nearby Delaware River, lakes and private swimming pools at this time of year, and reasoned that this family reunion called for the services of a life guard. She decided to make it her obligation to prepare for that job.

“I was so pleased with this call,” said Palermo. “It was admirable that Theresa would want to be prepared for a family pool party, especially when children are involved. Learning CPR is not difficult and, in the event of a swimming accident or a heart attack, it offers the best chance for a successful outcome. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this program.”

Although she was once an assistant nurse and had certified in CPR at that time, Fredericks knew that was long ago and she was not only rusty but wanted to learn the latest advances in lifesaving procedures and equipment.

“I feel that armed with this knowledge,” said Fredericks, “I can be more confident and my family will be much safer at our reunion.”

The evening program at Bon Secours Community Hospital is modeled after the American Heart Association’s “Heart Saver” class. 

Employing adult, child and infant-sized mannequins, Palermo and her team will demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), an emergency medical procedure for a victim of drowning or cardiac arrest. CPR is unlikely to restart the heart but it can maintain a flow of oxygenated blood to the brain until help arrives with someone having an AED (automated external defibrillator) and other equipment carried by local first responders.  

Palermo and her team of nurse CPR instructors explained that if CPR is started within four minutes, the patient’s survival chances, while waiting for Emergency Medical Services to arrive, are 10 time greater. The monthly training program also includes a demonstration of the user friendly and voice instructional AEDs, often available at sporting events or in public and office buildings.

“The monthly CPR training is another example of how our hospital takes that extra step for our community,” said Jeff Reilly, Interim SVP of Operations, Orange County. “Providing educational health programs for local residents and organizations is just one more way we can offer the best possible healthcare for everyone in our community.”

For additional information about Bon Secours Community Hospital's CPR training or to join a class call (845) 858-7174.

Bon Secours Charity Health System includes three New York hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick. Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the region's only open-heart surgical center at its Suffern campus and the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted-living and adult-home facility, and several other community based medical programs. It serves over half a million people in seven counties and three states. Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., based in Marriottsville, Maryland which is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing more than 20,000 caregivers in seven states. For more information visit www.bschs.org.

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