The Dr. John Warner Hospital recently purchased an automated CPR machine. After having a loaner unit on hand for a short time, the hospital received the funds that enabled them to make the purchase of the unit.
Ernest Thorp is the donor who made the purchase possible. He says he's had many family members go through the hospital. Thorp saw the need for the unit and wanted to help.
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The purchase of the Automated CPR Unit would not have been possible without the assistance of Dr. John Warner Foundation. Dixie Walden and Kim Davenport are Co-Chairs of the Foundation, they explain the goal of the Foundation is to provide the hospital assistance with things they need that are not in their yearly budget.
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Sandy Rice is the Director of Business Development at the Clinton hospital, she says when one of the hospital's ambulances had the machine as a loaner unit, it saved a life in the short time the hospital had it. She says the advantages of the automated CPR unit will be consistency and it will not tire out, two disadvantages to a human element when performing CPR. She says larger area hospitals such as Peoria and Bloomington already have the vest-like unit.
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The Foundation will be looking to purchase two more Auto-Pulse units for the hospital in the future. Plans are already in the works for fund raisers coming up to raise money for the purpose of the purchase of two more units.