Rescue Mission Awarded Four AED Devices

Thanks to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the Rescue Mission has four additional Automated External Defibrillators (AED). When used quickly and properly, an AED greatly increases the rate of survival for a cardiac arrest victim. The Rescue Mission aims to be prepared when an emergency occurs.

With four additional AEDs, the Rescue Mission now has seven devices available in the following campus and regional buildings:

More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals every year, according to the American Heart Association. Roughly 90 percent of the victims die. These deaths are preventable if a bystander has quick access to and training in the use of an AED.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield awarded seven grants to community nonprofits including the Rescue Mission.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to supporting local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Jim Reed, regional president, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York.”

To learn more about the grants, visit Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.