The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway has teamed up with the  Deaconess Foundation to create HeartSaver

HeartSaver's mission: To reduce sudden death through placement of life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the Tri-State. 

AED Training Dates for 2017

March 28th, April 25th, May 23rd, June 27th, July 18th, August 22nd, September 26th, October 24th, & November 28th

Training is free, but space is limited. To register contact Penny Goshert at 812-842-3472 or penny.goshert@deaconess.com

Sudden cardiac death strikes without warning and chooses its victims at random, without regard to age, gender, health status or history. 

  • At a Tri-State area Schnucks, a customer experienced a sudden cardiac event. Fortunately, each Schnucks has an AED on site. A store manager successfully used that device to save the customer's life. 
  • A healthy 35 year old physician who is the brother of one of our volunteers collapsed in his office in a sudden cardiac emergency. He had no pulse and stopped breathing. Fortunately a cardiologist's office was across the hall. He came running with an AED. The cardiologist used it to shock the heart back to rhythm so the physician could be transported to a Heart Hospital. He is healthy and very much alive today.
  • A second-year dental student at IU School of Dentistry had no recollection of suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing to the floor in the lab. He is thankful the students and staff were present, started CPR and applied an AED to save his life. 

These are just a few examples of successful saves due to the presence of an AED. These devices save lives and anyone can use them. There is no special skill required. 

The HeartSaver program aims to raise funds and place AEDs. Working with local contacts, churches, schools and other community organizations and individuals, HeartSaver will facilitate the fund raising, purchase, education and placement of AEDs throughout the Tri-State. 

Gifts may be made in any amount. Donors at the level of $1215 may select where they'd like an AED placed. All donations are tax deductible. Checks may be written to Deaconess Foundation with HeartSaver in the designation line. 

We know AEDs save lives. We can also be confident that the AEDs placed through this program will save a life. That life could be someone you know. It could be someone you love. It could even be your own life. 

The HeartSaver Steering Committee is: Kirsten Wagmeister - Chairperson, Becky Malotte, Penny Goshert, Mark Moore, Kathy Grant Murrell, Shelly Evans, Carmen Mazick, Lu Porter, Pam Hight and Victoria Pamelia.

For more information:

Contact Penny Goshert (812) 842-3472