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Queen of the Valley Medical Center to Emphasize Need to Know CPR during Napa Town and Country Fair, August 12 through 16


Napa, CA - More than 92 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a health care setting will die from it, according to the American Heart Association. Without immediate CPR, the chance of surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest drops 7 percent to 10 percent for each minute that passes without defibrillation.

Facts such as these are why Queen of the Valley Medical Center will sponsor a booth at the Napa Town and Country Fair, August 12 through 16, to educate the community about providing bystander CPR in the first critical minutes after cardiac arrest. The Queen’s booth will be located in the Chardonnay Hall at the Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third Street.

A highlight of The Queen’s participation in the fair will be a Sidewalk CPR Day, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, to train more people to save lives in case of cardiac arrest. Together with the North Bay Division of the American Heart Association (AHA), Queen of the Valley will offer memorable CPR instruction set to specially selected, upbeat music.

Rebecca Rogoway, Executive Director of the North Bay Division of the AHA, explains "Sidewalk CPR" this way: "Through activities such as the ‘Sidewalk CPR Day,’ we want to show people how easy it is to learn CPR in a fun, informal way and help them feel empowered to act, no matter where or when the emergency occurs."

CPR trainers from The Queen, AHA, and Piner's Napa Ambulance Service will teach CPR using the American Heart Association’s CPR Anytime kit, which comes with "Mini Anne" manikins. (The instruction will not provide certification.) Among the popular songs that will be used to help make this learning fun and unforgettable will be "Sweet Home Alabama," "Dancing Queen" and the very appropriate, "Stayin’ Alive." All of these songs have a tempo of approximately 100 beats per minute, which matches the number of chest compressions per minute recommended under AHA guidelines.

"At The Queen, we have a Regional Heart Center, where people who have suffered a heart attack can receive state-of-art services ranging from the latest diagnostic techniques to ‘beating heart’ surgery," said Jaime Peñaherrera, Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations. "But the success of the treatment rests in part upon the promptness of aid received by the patient on the scene if he or she suffers cardiac arrest. That’s why we are working with the American Heart Association to teach as many people as possible how to provide this life-saving technique. The life saved could be that of a loved one."

As the AHA’s "Heart of Your Community" sponsor in the Napa Valley, Queen of the Valley is working with the organization to bring this event and other events promoting heart health to the local community.

For more information about the event, please call Leah Kuchta of Queen of the Valley Medical Center at 707-251-2023, or Rebecca Rogoway of the AHA at 707-542-1992.

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 Regional 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, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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