NorthCrest announces fundraising campaign to place AEDs in every public school in Robertson County

Springfield, Tenn., August 1, 2006 – The NorthCrest Medical Center American Heart Association Training Center is kicking off a countywide campaign to raise money and awareness to fight Sudden Cardiac Arrest in our community. NorthCrest’s goal is to raise enough money to put Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) in every Robertson County public school by the end of the school year. Scott Raynes and the administration at NorthCrest have generously agreed to match the funds raised for the program, up to $10,000, to make this goal a reality.

“NorthCrest Medical Center will match, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 for the purchase of AED’s exclusively for schools in Robertson County,” says Scott Raynes, President/CEO of NorthCrest. “We want to partner with the schools in acquiring these. NorthCrest will be the conduit to purchase the equipment and to train staff for free.”

“The Robertson County School system is extremely pleased with the effort of NorthCrest Hospital to bring this valuable safety and lifesaving device to our schools. NorthCrest has consistently provided strong support to our schools that has resulted in significant benefits for the children of Robertson County. I offer my sincere thanks to the Hospital and all of the personnel who make it the caring facility that it is for our community,” states Daniel P. Whitlow, Director of Robertson County Schools.

“Protecting the community’s children is one of the top priorities of NorthCrest Medical Center,” comments Donna Dilliha, Coordinator for NorthCrest’s Training Center. “We feel that Robertson County is a family-oriented community that will support this effort.”

Attorneys Clyde Richert and Gary Dilliha, Main Street Title and Escrow, Inc., say they are pleased to be the first business in Springfield to donate an AED to the Robertson County school system. “We believe this is an important cause that deserves more recognition. There is nothing more important than the safety of our children. We would like to challenge other businesses to join this worthwhile event and donate what you can to save lives in our community.”

Tracy Callister, MD, Director of the Tennessee Heart and Vascular Institute, is excited to be the first physician group to donate an AED to the Robertson County school system. “As cardiologists we feel compelled to do everything we can to prevent sudden cardiac death. We believe that this campaign, and the contribution that NorthCrest is making, will make a significant difference in saving lives in this community. We hope other physician groups will join our efforts and make a difference for Robertson County,” Dr. Callister says.

If you or your organization is interested in purchasing an AED for schools or making a contribution for the AED in Schools program, please contact Donna Dilliha at the NorthCrest American Heart Association Training Center at 615-212-0540.