Minnesota Zoo Receives Donated AED from Survivor's Daughter Thanks to Allina Health
Apple Valley, MINN – July 20, 2012 – Apple Valley resident Lilly Schwartz recently donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Minnesota Zoo. Schwartz won the AED from Allina Health last fall during its annual Survivor Celebration after she saved her father from a sudden cardiac arrest in 2009.
Schwartz donated her AED to the Minnesota Zoo’s First Responder team. Prior to this donation, the Zoo had just one machine.
“The additional AED will allow the Zoo’s safety team to carry it with them at all times and speed up our emergency response times,” says Ken Weisenburger, the Zoo’s health and safety manager.
Over 350,000 people will suffer a sudden cardiac arrest each year; just five to seven percent of those will survive. Early access to an AED and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can double, if not triple, a person’s chance of survival. For more information on AEDs or CPR training, visit allina.com/heartsafe.
A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers, and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org.
The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).