AED donated to Darke County Parks log cabin


GREENVILLE — Wayne HealthCare Foundation in partnership with Midmark Corporation and Spirit Medical Transport partnered with the Friends of the Darke County Parks to provide an Automated External Defibrillator for use at the Log Cabin and Shawnee Prairie Preserve’s facility.

An AED is a vital machine in helping save lives in a cardiac emergency. With this donation, this program has now provided 44 AEDS located throughout the community. Non-profit organizations in the community that are interested in having an AED at their facility promoting safety and heart health can inquire with the Wayne HealthCare Foundation at 937-547-7408.

Midmark Corporation is the main corporate donor for this program, and Spirit provides the proper First Aid and AED/CPR training for these organizations. This program is able to flourish and save lives thanks to their wonderful partnership and support.

“We also thank the Greenville Rotary for their donation to this program and other Foundation community health programs,” said a representative.

Parks Director, Roger M. Van Franks stated,”Without the help and collaborative effort of all of these organizations, we would not be able to keep these life saving devices in strategic locations. This is the second AED device for the district. The new AED is located in the log house historical education area which serves over 10,000 visits per year. As a CPR, AED, and First Aid Instructor, I am pleased that we have this type of equipment available to staff and volunteers alike. Time is a critical factor when dealing with cardiac emergencies.”

For more information about the AED located in the log house at Shawnee Prairie Preserve or about park district programs, contact the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

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Wayne HealthCare Foundation’s mission is collaborating through philanthropy with Wayne HealthCare in order to enhance education and wellness close to home. Through individual, corporate and community donations, the Foundation focuses on youth health & wellness, diabetes, nutrition and obesity awareness, scholarships for those entering the health care field, seniors, and heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in our community, and the Foundation is honored to Go Red in support for heart healthy lifestyles. For more about the Foundation visit

The Friends of the Darke County Parks is a 501 C3 non-profit organization that supports the education and preservation of the cultural and natural programming offered at the Darke County Park District. Darke County Park District maintains over 1,000 acres in 13 park areas and a cross county trail that is in development. Its offices are headquartered in the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center outside of Greenville, Ohio.

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