Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Gift to hospital will buy defibrillators

Express Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, St. Luke's Wood River Volunteer Core presented a cash gift of $25,000 to the hospital south of Ketchum in order to buy new defibrillators.

St. Luke's Wood River Emergency Department sees approximately 2,000 patients per year with symptoms of cardiac arrest. Technology experts along with cardiac specialists from around the country are continuing to enhance the effectiveness and speed of defibrillators to ensure the best possible outcome to anyone who may be in cardiac arrest. The hospital's current crop of defibrillators were purchased almost seven years ago.

As a nonprofit organization, St. Luke's relies on the financial support from the community to fund many special programs and medical technology to address a full range of patient needs.

"We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community," St. Luke's Wood River CEO Bruce Jensen said. "The Volunteer Core does an amazing job of not only supporting the hospital financially, but also by creating new programs and activities for the members of this community."

For more information about the St. Luke's Volunteer Core and volunteering for their projects, contact Deb Hobart at 727-8406.

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