Rice Health Foundation of Rice Memorial Hospital recently purchased an Automated External Difibrillator (AED) for the Barn Theatre. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background. The Foundation teamed up with their downtown neighbor, to make this life-saving equipment available for their many patrons. Rice’s Emergency Services is just down the street, but every second counts when sudden cardiac arrest strikes.
AEDs have been available throughout Kandiyohi County for several years. The Kandiyohi County Defib Coalition has been in place for over 15 years and has distributed over 150 Automatic External Defibrillators in Kandiyohi County and surrounding counties. From the beginning, the Coalition considered requests from locations where AEDs were needed based on ambulance response time and by the population using the location. More than a dozen placed with non-profits and in public locations were made possible with designated funds raised by Rice Health Foundation.