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Tallahassee hospital using $50K grant for CPR education

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Feb 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-06 11:31:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A $50,000 grant is enabling Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare will to teach hundreds of local women and girls CPR.

Every year, the  Alpha Phi Foundation, an international nonprofit organization for women, presents one organization with a Heart to Heart Grant. The grant funds research and educational programs that support the improvement of women's heart disease in women -- specifically its symptoms, treatment and prevention.

“We are pleased to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our Heart to Heart Grant by investing in two institutions that share our passion to better understand, treat and prevent heart disease in women,” said Ann Carstensen, executive director of Alpha Phi Foundation. “The funding of these vital initiatives is a cornerstone of Alpha Phi Foundation’s more than 56-year commitment to improving women’s heart health, and it ensures meaningful efforts will continue to lessen the risk of heart disease in women.”

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute  were chosen out of 20 applicants for this year's award.

Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center will use this grant to introduce a new program, “Empowering Women to Save Lives through CPR Training.” Funds from this award will assist in training 600 women (girls to adults) in CPR. This training will occur in multiple small group sessions throughout the year, and one large group CPR training in February 2014 to include an interactive exhibit of a large-scale replica of the human heart.

TMH will be partnering with Leon County Emergency Management Services to facilitate CPR training.