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ATLANTICARE DONATES FIVE NEW A.E.D. DEVICES TO CRDA
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Tuesday, April 19, 2016) – Representatives from AtlantiCare on Tuesday presented the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) with five, brand new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) prior to the authority’s monthly Board meeting.
The new AED devices will prompt the users in English and Spanish in how to use the device to attempt to restore a normal heart rhythm in a victim of cardiac arrest.
“We are appreciative of AtlantiCare’s donation of these new life-saving AED devices to the CRDA,” said CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri. “The ability to assist our visitors and residents at a moments notice makes these devices invaluable to our office staff and employees on the streets of the city.”
The CRDA’s Special Improvement Division General Maintenance team members and Ambassadors are trained and certified in the operation of these units. The five new devices, which are being fully donated with no matching funds requested, will be located at the SID warehouse on Connecticut Avenue, the CRDA Annex in Gordon’s Alley, the CRDA office on Pennsylvania Avenue and on the roving General Maintenance and Ambassador vehicles that operate throughout the city.
“We are pleased to present these AEDs to the CRDA today,” said Charisse Fizer, vice president, Clinical Operations and Ambulatory Services, AtlantiCare. “Seconds matter when you’re having a heart attack. Together we can save lives by dialing 911 for heart attach symptoms and having these defibrillators in the community and increasing awareness about the symptoms of heart attack.”
The AtlantiCare Heart Heroes are covering the full cost of two AEDs and the AtlantiCare Foundation is covering the cost of three AEDs. The Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that raises funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC through the AtlantiCare Foundation to place AEDs in the community.
“This donation represents how a public/private partnership can work together to provide a health service for the community with lasting benefits in the Tourism District and the city,” said CRDA Acting Board Chairman Robert Mulcahy.
The CRDA has previously received two other donated AEDs from AtlantiCare, one in 2008 and the most recent in 2013. It is critically important that the AEDs are available for our visitors, residents and employees during large scale events, in the office, on the streets and on the job.
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About the CRDA:
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City, resulting in nearly $1 billion in economic development and non-gaming attractions. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. CRDA responsibilities include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, and ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.
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