Piedmont donates check for MAHS to purchase AEDs for student athletes

Check presentation is beginning of partnership between Piedmont Walton and MAHS

On Thursday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m., members of the Piedmont Walton leadership team met with staff at Monroe Area High School for a check presentation.

From left, Monroe Area High School assistant principal Jamie Nichols, Piedmont Walton CEO Larry Ebert and marketing coordinator Heather Boyce and MAHS athletic director Eli Connell, athletic trainer Chris Carruth and assistant principal Kim Brown at a check presentation Aug. 30, 2019, for the purchase of AEDs for the athletic program. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

“The hospital is donating a little more than $3,400 towards a community benefit, so that Monroe Area High School can purchase automated external defibrillators (AED) to have on hand for their student athletes,” said Sydney Walker, communications specialist for Piedmont Healthcare. “This check will give the school the opportunities to purchase two AEDs – one will be a mobile/portable AED that will remain on the athletic trainer at all times during a high school football game. The other AED will remain over by  the baseball and softball fields – as of right now, there isn’t one located there.”

Walker said the check presentation of $3,417 was the start of a sort of partnership with MAHS. She went on to explain some of the other things they hope the partnership will be able to accomplish.

“They’ll be able to begin the early assessment requirements for their student athletes prior to a student needing to come to the hospital and it’ll strength the process for getting them care, as well as make things runner faster and more efficiently,” she said.

Piemont Walton CEO Larry Ebert said the check donation was part of the hospital’s outreach to the community.

“Anytime that we can save a student, a spectator or a coach from going into cardiac arrest, when minutes count, then we are happy to do what we can. It’s a way for us to give back to the community and we’re happy to do it,” Ebert said.

MAHS athletic director Eli Connell extended his thanks to Piedmont Walton for the donation.

“We have AEDs placed around campus in hopes that we would always have one close by in the event of an emergency.  We are placing the new AEDs at the baseball/softball concession area that serves  both facilities,” Connell said. “We have been using a portable AED for these events and we now are able to have full time permanent AED there. I want to thank Piedmont of Monroe Walton for donating these to MAHS. We work to provide a safe and positive environment for our students and couldn’t do it without the support of our community stakeholders like Piedmont.”

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