Raccoon Valley Bank donates four heart starters to DCH, local churches

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Taking part in the ceremonial donation this morning at the Dallas County Hospital were, from left, Raccoon Valley Bank Senior Vice President Randy Allen, St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wardens Don Ruggle and Karen Liston, Raccoon Valley Bank President and Chief Executive Office Terry Nielsen, First United Methodist Church representative David Pratt, Dallas County Hospital Chief Executive Officer Matt Wille and Dallas County Hospital Foundation Manager Jenny Hornsby.

A rapid response to a heart attack can mean the difference between life and death, and a $5,000 grant from the Raccoon Valley Bank in Perry increases the odds for quick action.

The bank’s grant, announced today, will provide four automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for Perry-area residents. The high-tech heart starters almost run themselves and can easily be operated with minimal training.

“This is a way for us to promote wellness and health and support the hospital locally,” said Terry Nielsen, president and chief executive officer of the Raccoon valley Bank. “What a great cause!”

The automatic external defibrillator (AED) can save lives.
The automatic external defibrillator (AED) can save lives.

Two of the AEDs will be placed in the Dallas County Hospital: in the atrium and on the lower level. The third will be located at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, which also serves as a backup evacuation point for the hospital. The fourth defibrillator will be placed at the First United Methodist Church.

Jenny Hornsby, manager of the Dallas County Hospital Foundation and public relations spokesperson for the hospital, said the Raccoon Valley Bank grant is a welcome contribution to public safety and wellness.

“We’re very grateful for this grant,” Hornsby said.

She said Dallas County Hospital Education Manager Sally Swenson would provide training in using the AEDs to volunteers at the churches.

Attending the ceremonial check presentation were Raccoon Valley Bank representatives Nielsen, Senior Vice President Randy Allen and Marketing Officer Kelsey Hughes. Receiving the check on behalf of the Dallas County Hospital were Hornsby and Dallas County Hospital Chief Executive Officer Matt Wille.

David Pratt from the First United Methodist Church and St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Wardens Karen Liston and Don Ruggle were also present for the ceremony.

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