DARKE COUNTY — In 2007, the Wayne HealthCare Foundation was established and began their mission of philanthropic giving to the community with an AED program.
Midmark Corporation partnered with the Foundation to help support this program at that time. Spirit Medical Transport also partnered with this program to provide the training to organizations for the use of the AED.
An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator. This machine is used during a cardiac crisis to shock the heart and work to save the life of the person in need. These can be used on children, infants and adults in times of emergency and many times are the solution to saving a life while a rescue is in route to the emergency.
Thirty AEDs have been granted through this program to nonprofit organizations in the community since 2007.
Wayne HealthCare Foundation, Midmark and Spirit teamed up this fall to grant another 10 AEDs to the community. Recently, Pitsburg Church of the Brethren, Faith Baptist Church, Recovery and Wellness of Midwest Ohio, Darke County YMCA and EUM Outreach Ministries were granted AEDs.
The WHC Foundation, Midmark and Spirit have also teamed up to enhance this program by adding a maintenance program for these AEDs. Recipients will be able to obtain new batteries and pads to keep their AED in good working use through this grant program and can update training yearly if necessary.
AED recipients since the inception of this program in 2007 include: Greenville Youth Football, New Madison Community Volunteer Fire Company, Friedens Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Family Health, Webster United Methodist Church, State of the Heart Hospice, Greenville Masonic Lodge, First Presbyterian Church, Edison Community College, Greenville Citizens Baseball League, St. John Lutheran Church, First Assembly of God, Greenville Grace Brethren Church, Pitsburg Fire Department, Friends of the Darke County Parks, Oakland Church of the Brethren, YMCA of Darke County – Versailles Site, Evangelical United Methodist Church, Rocketship Sports, First United Methodist Church, Bible Fellowship, St. Mary’s Church in Union City, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Brethren Retirement Community, Wayne HealthCare LLC, Greenville Public Library and Darke County Courthouse.
“On behalf of the Wayne HealthCare Foundation Board of Directors, we are honored to provide this life-saving program to our community to enhance health and wellness close to home,” foundation representatives said. “We thank Midmark Corporation and Spirit Medical Transport for their fantastic support to make this program successful.”
To learn more about the AED program or any of the programs provided by the Wayne HealthCare Foundation, or to make a donation, please contact Lauren Henry, Foundation Director at 937-547-7408. You may also visit www.waynehealthcare.org to learn more. The donations from our partners and this community allow the Foundation to fulfill our mission, “collaborating through philanthropy with Wayne HealthCare in order to enhance community education and wellness close to home.”