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ReStart DC Launches Life-Saving Public Access Defibrillation Program
Date:6/11/2009

ortable and easy-to-use by virtually anyone.

"ReStart DC aims to put defibrillators where people gather. We want to make the public aware that if sudden cardiac arrest happens, anyone can help save a life with this equipment," said Lynne Cheney, co-founder of the Institute.

In the initial phase, ReStart DC will donate 50 Philips HeartStart AEDs to community centers, churches and youth organizations that serve local residents throughout all eight wards of D.C. The second phase of the program will expand outreach to the greater metropolitan area including locations in Maryland and Virginia, through the donation of an additional 150 AEDs. The first eight organizations to receive AEDs and training packages include: The Latin American Youth Center; Emmaus Services for the Aging; Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home; The Emory United Methodist Church; Harbor Light Salvation Army; Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic Church; The First Baptist Church of Deanwood; and THEARC.

"I cannot stress the importance of having AEDs accessible. THEARC serves more than 50,000 individuals annually so it is imperative that we provide potentially life-saving tools to our constituents," said Edmund Fleet, executive director of THEARC. "THEARC is pleased to partner with The Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute on this important endeavor and we are very grateful for the Institute's generous gift of an automated external defibrillator for our facility and training for our staff members."

About The Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute

The Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute at The George Washington University was established in 2006. The Institute's mission is to promote clinical research, education, patient care and community service with the goal of accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, reducing mortality and improving the qual
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