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University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center Presents City of Lyndhurst with Life-Saving LUCAS™ Chest Compression System

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Donation by two residents via hospital’s Lifesaving Emergency Initiative made gift possible

Beachwood, Ohio – On September 2, University Hospitals (UH) Ahuja Medical Center President Susan V. Juris presented the Mayor of the city of Lyndhurst, Joseph M. Cicero, Jr., and Lyndhurst City Council with a LUCAS chest compression system as a part of the hospital’s ongoing Lifesaving Emergency Initiative.

Since 2013, the initiative has provided the life-saving equipment to nine communities UH Ahuja Medical Center serves. The hospital’s Leadership Council recently achieved its goal of raising $210,000 to donate LUCAS devices to a total of 15 surrounding communities. The state-of-the-art cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) system is used by emergency medical services teams to more effectively stabilize heart attack victims in the field.

“LUCAS is a battery-powered device that delivers vitally important continuous CPR compressions at a consistent rate in cardiac arrest situations,” says Dan Ellenberger, NREMT-P, Director of Emergency Services, University Hospitals. The system frees paramedics to perform other lifesaving tasks to decrease the chance for tissue damage and maximize the patient’s outcome once he or she arrives at the UH Ahuja Medical Center Emergency Department.

The Lyndhurst presentation was made possible with a donation of $14,000 by two of the city’s residents – Sanford Kutash and Judy P. Goodman. “Judy and I attended a Leadership Council information session on the LUCAS device at UH Ahuja Medical Center and were surprised to learn that a community‘s ambulances are not all equipped the same,” says Mr. Kutash. “We saw a critical need to provide Lyndhurst’s EMS teams with equipment that would best prepare them for any cardiac emergency.”

UH Ahuja Medical Center also collaborates with UH EMS & Disaster Preparedness Institute to facilitate the training of the Lyndhurst Fire Department on the system’s function. “Sanford and I became passionate about purchasing the LUCAS unit when it became clear that having it would improve the opportunity for every emergency heart attack patient in our city to achieve a complete recovery,” says Ms. Goodman. “The training UH Ahuja Medical Center arranged to provide our EMS teams made our decision that much easier.”

“We are excited and honored to be able to facilitate the donation of Mr. Kutash and Ms. Goodman,” says Ms. Juris. “Their generosity will empower the Lyndhurst Fire Department even more and optimize the health and wellness of the entire Lyndhurst community.”

To date, UH Ahuja Medical Center has presented LUCAS systems to EMS teams in Aurora, Bainbridge, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Lyndhurst, Orange Village, Pepper Pike, Solon and Warrensville Heights. For details on how to take part in the hospital’s Lifesaving Emergency Initiative for your community, call Michelle Mulchin, Senior Development Officer, University Hospitals, at 216-593-5446.

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