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The Queen’s Heart Safe Program is Making Napa County More Heart Safe

(Napa – Oct. 25, 2012) - On October 26th, 2012, during the Vintage High School /Wood Varsity Football game halftime event, the Queen's Heart Safe Program will hold a "Mock Shock Event" to inform game attendees of what to do in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is an affliction that kills more Americans each year that breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and AIDS combined.

During the event, the Queen's Heart Safe Program will donate two AEDs, one to Memorial Stadium and one to Vintage High School. The AEDs will be provided by American Medical Response, Napa's local ambulance company.

The Mock Shock Event will demonstrate what to do when a person collapses. Local students will dramatize the event on the field during halftime (game starts at 5:15 p.m., half time at 7:30 p.m.), and AMR will be ready to whisk the "victim" away once proper care has been given and the victim's normal heart rhythm has been restored.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center and the Via Foundation, in collaboration with other local organizations, have launched the Queen's Heart Safe Program to improve the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest. The Via Foundation assists with fundraising for the purchase of AEDs, AED device training, teaching CPR classes, and also offers long-term AED program management for local businesses, organizations, and schools throughout Napa County.

"We want Napa County to be a Heart Safe community and a role model for our nation. By joining and supporting our community defibrillator program, you can help us reach that goal, and provide access to early defibrillation and CPR training," said Dr. Karen Smith, Deputy Director of Napa County Health & Human Services Agency.

SCA claims over 300,000 lives each year in the United States. Approximately 95% of the victims of SCA die before they reach a hospital or other source of emergency help. Most SCA victims have shown no signs of previous heart trouble. For every minute that passes without defibrillation to the victim, their chance of survival decreases by 10%.

A steering committee comprised of representatives from the Napa city council, fire, police, American Medical Response, Napa County, the county Office of Education, Napa Valley Unified School

District and other organizations help guide the program and raise funds for AED placement. Local businesses are encouraged to sponsor an AED for a local school or a non-profit organization in need, as well as purchase an AED for their business facility.

"I am particularly impressed by the number of organizations behind this great program; this is truly a collaborative community effort. By placing AEDs and teaching CPR we are increasing the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest and making Napa County a Heart Safe Place to live, work, learn and play," said Mike Randolph, Fire Chief for the City of Napa Fire Department.

"Automated external defibrillators are relatively inexpensive, easy-to-use devices designed to walk the rescuer through a few simple steps," says Liz Lazar, Executive Director of The Via Foundation. "Consider placing an AED in your business or becoming a sponsor for an AED at a school or non-profit organization in Napa County. A plaque acknowledging your donation will be placed on the AED wall cabinet and you will have the knowledge that you potentially helped save a life."

For more information or to learn how you or your organization can get involved in the Queen's Heart Safe Program, please visit www.thequeen.org/heartsafe, or call The Via Foundation at 1-800-284-0125.

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women's Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org.

About The Via Foundation

The Via Foundation helps save lives by raising funds for, and placing AEDs in schools and communities. Our CPR training and program management solutions give communities the skills and equipment necessary to help prevent unnecessary deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. More information about The Via Foundation can be found at www.theviafoundation.org.

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