Lovelace Health System donates 10 AEDs to Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation

ALBUQUERQUE, May 31, 2018 – Through a $10,000 donation, Lovelace Health System has helped the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation’s Project Pulse place 10 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in much-needed community organizations throughout New Mexico.

Recipients include:

Joy Junction

Petroglyph Little League

New Day Youth and Family Services

El Ranchitos de los niños

Albuquerque Youth Basketball League (2 AEDs)

Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church

St. Felix’s Pantry

Loving Thunder Therapeutic riding

Healthcare for the Homeless

“We are proud to partner with the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation to bring these life-saving devices into such critical spaces in our community,” said Jarren Garret, chief operating officer and administrator of Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center.

AEDs are an important part of the resuscitation process, allowing those administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to deliver a jolt of electricity to restart a heart in the critical moments before emergency services professionals can arrive.

“The donated AEDs will allow us to help community organizations throughout New Mexico save lives,” said Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation Board President, Elizabeth Armijo. “The more AEDs we can get into the community, the better.”

The donation has a personal resonance with Armijo, as her father was saved several years ago by a fellow hotel guest and staff members who administered CPR and used an AED when he fell to cardiac arrest.

Both Lovelace Health System and Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation have worked diligently to help promote cardiovascular heath in New Mexico through education and community health partnerships. Lovelace’s volunteer CPR education team, Resuscitation Rangers, educated nearly 14,000 people on providing hands-only CPR in 2017. Thanks in part to Lovelace, since 2009, Project Pulse has placed an AED in every county in New Mexico, and re-deployed 100 AEDs in State police squad cars.

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Contact: Whitney Marquez, Lovelace Health System Phone: 505.727.5503

Lovelace Health System consists of Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital, Lovelace Women’s Hospital, Lovelace Westside Hospital, Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Regional Hospital, and Lovelace Medical Group.

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