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Salem Health Foundation and High Street Hustle Heart Fund buy 100+ defibrillators for community

19 Aug 2018

Project will cover 90 percent of Salem with AEDs

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The Salem Health Foundation and High Street Hustle Heart Fund have partnered to donate $85,000 to the Salem Fire Foundation for the purchase of 106 Automated External Defibrillators that will be placed throughout the community. The new defibrillators will be accessible to over 90 percent of the city. The SFF has been working in tandem with its eighth grade CPR training program and PulsePoint mobile app to connect sufferers of sudden cardiac events with CPR-trained citizens and a nearby AED.

“CPR and early defibrillation with an AED during a cardiac arrest triples your chance for survival,” says Alex Rhoten, president, Salem Fire Foundation.AED funding web

There are currently more than 6,000 local CPR-ready users of the PulsePoint app and 217 publicly-available AEDs positioned throughout the Salem community. As a result 47 percent of all CPR/CHEST calls in 2017 occurred within 1/4 mile of an available AED. Bystanders were able to put the AED to use about 15 percent of the time. The overall save rate in Salem is 57 percent.

“Having AEDs available when needed is often the difference between life and death for someone experiencing a cardiac event,” says Susan Gallagher, co-owner of Gallagher Fitness Resources. “We’re happy to allocate these funds toward increasing AED coverage in our community.”

Gallagher Fitness Resources, Salem’s running and walking store, is the founder and promoter of the High Street Hustle, which funds the High Street Hustle Heart Fund through Salem Health Foundation. Gallagher Fitness’ annual event – the High Street Hustle – has brought 1,100 people together and raised an impressive $77k for the Salem Health Foundation to promote heart disease awareness and prevention. 

“Partnering with High Street Hustle Heart Fund has been extremely rewarding,” says Lisa Roth, director, Salem Health Foundation.

Salem Health Foundation raises donations from the community and supports a wide range of projects, programs and equipment that are not otherwise included in normal operating budgets. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of trustees made up of business, civic and philanthropic leaders. The trustees raise funds and formulate long-range goals and policies, while staff manage day-to-day operations. For more details about the Foundation’s work, call 503-814-1990 or email: