Local Philanthropists Take Heart in Saving Lives with Generous Gift to the Alegent Health Foundation
Release Date: 06/25/2007

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa—Time is muscle when dealing with a heart attack or heart-related episode. But in many cases fire, rescue and emergency medical services struggle to obtain adequate funding for the latest in life-saving equipment. For this reason, two long-time Pottawattamie County residents and community philanthropists are partnering with Alegent Health Mercy Hospital to transform EMS cardiac care in Southwest Iowa. James Hawk and George Schueman have agreed to make significant charitable gifts to the Alegent Health Foundation towards the purchase of 16 Zoll E Monitor 12 Lead EKG/ Defibrillator to be installed in the Emergency Medical Squads in Pottawattamie County.

“For a person suffering from a heart attack at home, every second counts in receiving the best care. The addition of 16 state-of-the-art 12-lead EKG/ Defibrillators in every EMS squad in Pottawattamie County will allow for a faster diagnosis by paramedics in the field and intervention by Emergency Department physicians and staff upon their arrival to the hospital,” said Jolene Henning RN, Chest Pain Center/EMS Coordinator, Alegent Health Mercy Hospital Emergency Department. “We are so grateful to Mr. Hawk and Mr. Schueman for their support of this worthy cause of outfitting every EMS squad in Pottawattamie County with these defibrillators that will go a long way to help in the effort to save lives.”

The Zoll E Monitor 12 Lead EKG/ Defibrillator offers the latest technology in resuscitation equipment. The device is specially designed for emergency-care professionals to provide improved clinical care and treatment directly in the field. A special tele-monitor and receiver allows both paramedics and physicians the ability to monitor a patient’s heart condition prior to arrival at the hospital. Along with monitoring capabilities, the machine also features high-quality electrocardiogram acquisition and robust telemetry, offering a seamless integration across first-responder and Emergency Department disciplines. Alegent Health is committed to creating new benchmarks in cardiac care which is evident by the fact that all five metro hospitals are accredited Chest Pain Centers through the National Society of Chest Pain Centers. Mercy Hospital became the area’s first accredited Chest Pain Center from Lincoln, Neb. to Des Moines, Iowa.

Both Mr. Hawk and Mr. Schueman have a long history of philanthropic support of the Pottawattamie County community and improving the lives of its residents. Mr. Hawk’s past charitable donations include Council Bluffs school scholarships, the Bayliss Park restoration project and the Council Bluffs Police Department to help establish the K-9 unit. Mr. Schueman served as Mayor for Oakland, Iowa for 23 years, donated the building where the Oakland Senior Center is housed and also has given funds to the Pottowattamie County Sheriff’s Department for equipment and the K-9 unit.

“In rural communities and small towns throughout Pottawattamie County, outfitting each EMS squad with one of these 12 lead EKGs will be a huge advantage in saving lives. This is a great project and I am very excited to be involved with,” said Mr. Hawk.