North Georgia Heart Foundation and school systems provide life-saving CPR training

The North Georgia Heart Foundation (NGHF), recently partnered with two area school systems – Hall County Schools and Greene County School System – to train students in Hands-Only, bystander CPR.

In Hall County, the trainings focused on seniors since other grade levels throughout the system already had been trained through health and physical education classes.

“It has been a goal of Superintendent Will Schofield’s for many years for every high school student to learn CPR before graduation. It is a win-win for the school system and the North Georgia Heart Foundation to combine our resources to make this goal a reality,” said Mamie Coker, BSN, RN, Health Services Coordinator for Hall County Schools.

In all, more than 1,240 students in Hall County Schools received training.

“The students were extremely attentive and participated enthusiastically,” said NGHF Board Chairman George Ordway, Ph.D., PA-C, who conducted the trainings with support from University of North Georgia and Brenau University nursing students.

In Greene County, the school system, NGHF, Cardiac Care Clinic and EMS staff collaborated to train 160 freshmen.

“One of the goals of the North Georgia Heart Foundation is to enhance collaboration among students, schools and medical professionals to decrease incidence of cardiovascular disease through community research and health education,” said Executive Director Daniel Thompson, MPH.

A list of participating schools and training dates:

  • East Hall High School, March 2
  • West Hall High School, March 9
  • Flowery Branch High School, March 11
  • Greene County High School, March 14
  • Johnson High School, March 24
  • North Hall High School, March 30

Seniors at Chestatee High School in Gainesville were trained earlier this year.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to work with Hall County Schools and the Greene County School System to train approximately 1,400 students in this life-saving technique,” Thompson said.

Added Coker: “Hands-Only CPR is so easy to learn. It just makes sense to teach the next generation of youth heading out into the world how to save lives.”

Nic Chronos, M.D., a NGHF board member and interventional cardiologist with Cardiology Care Clinic located at Lake Oconee, noted that most people suffer cardiac events at home, and that survival rates for those victims hover around six to eight percent.

“Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after cardiac arrest can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival, but less than three percent of the U.S. population receives training in CPR or defibrillator use each year,” Chronos said. “In order to become an area where we see the best survival rates in the country for heart attack, it will take entire communities being trained to react timely and effectively, which is a goal we aim to achieve.”

Since August 2014, North Georgia Heart Foundation has trained over 8,100 people in Hands-only CPR and AED use. To schedule a screening, click here.