STAFFORD HOSPITAL FOUNDATION GIFT
ENABLES LIFESAVING APP
Stafford, Va. – The Stafford Hospital Foundation and the Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation donated $50,000 to Stafford County earlier this month to enable Fire and Rescue to implement the PulsePoint app. PulsePoint is a free application geared toward citizens trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to download to smartphones so they can be notified immediately if someone nearby goes into sudden cardiac arrest. As well as alerting users to those in cardiac arrest, the app also pinpoints the closest location of public automated external defibrillators.
“Stafford County was Virginia’s first county to be designated a Heart Safe community, one that promotes CPR training, the widespread dissemination of public access defibrillators and aggressive resuscitation protocols for first responders,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Paul Milde. “This app enables us to take our community one step further by putting more information in the hands of people who can help. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the Stafford Hospital Foundation and Gwyneth’s Gift.”
The Hospital Foundation used monies raised during their annual Golf Cup tournament to fund the donation. Gwyneth’s Gift partnered with the foundation. Gwyneth Griffin was a young girl who passed away from a heart ailment at a Stafford school. Her parents, Joel and Jennifer Griffin, have been active in educating the public and Stafford County schools about the need to be proficient in CPR.
The PulsePoint app is available to communities through a partnership with Physio-Control, Inc., of Redmond, Washington. Physio-Control Implementation Services will work with Stafford County Fire and Rescue to coordinate setup, implementation and long-term support of this mobile app. The app is currently available and is estimated to be in service in June 2017.
Stafford County joins 2,000 cities in 28 states across the nation to tap into the abilities of CPR-trained citizens to make a difference when seconds count.