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AED donation supports health and wellness of area youth

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation donates machine to JCSA

MT. VERNON,
IL
5/17/2017

softball-team.jpg​SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation "steps up to the plate" and donates an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to the Jefferson County Sports Association (JCSA) at Brennan Klein Field.

 Wes Plummer, Director of the JCSA, tells SSM Health Good Samaritan Foundation's Board of Directors, "We are extremely thankful for this donation as it helps us meet the requirements of the State of Illinois.  We hope it never has to be used, but we now can rest assured if it is needed we now have one."  Plummer is responding to increased awareness of concussion signs and symptoms and the state's mandated concussions policies.  "Thank you to SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and their Board of Directors for this donation."  The JCSA will install the AED, and make available to coaching staff at the Brennan Klein Complex; which is located south of SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Brett Heinzman, Principal at Mt. Vernon St. Mary's School, also present at the presentation, added; "It is a great opportunity to partner with SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital and the Foundation.   This community opportunity benefits several schools in the area not just St. Mary's."  Heinzman also added, "We approached SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation with the regulation changes and are very appreciative of their generosity.   Our student athletes are also appreciative, as well as many other area schools and athletic teams."  

aed.jpgSSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Administrative Director Shawna Bullard expressed her gratitude to the Board of Directors as well.   "As a Foundation, we aim to support the health and wellness of our youth and community, alongside our hospital." Bullard stated. "The athletes playing on those fields are the children of our dedicated staff; they are the children of our community, and we care about their safety and health."       

 




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About SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon

SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation.

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 134-bed hospital with the only open heart surgery program in the region, has two robots for minimally invasive surgery, a comprehensive neurosciences program, and a pediatric emergency and NICU telemedicine program operated in conjunction with the physicians at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. In 2016, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital was named a "Best Hospital" by US News and World Report for treatment of congestive heart failure. In recent years, Healthgrades has presented SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital with the Patient Safety Excellence Award, Outstanding Patient Experience Award, and the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

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About SSM Health

SSM Health (ssmhc.com) is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, SSM Health includes 20 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company and one Accountable Care Organization.

With more than 8,500 physicians and 33,000 employees in four states, SSM Health is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM Health is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration.

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