ʻAIEA, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i (January 26, 2017) – Pali Momi Medical Center, a member of the Hawai‘i Pacific Health family of medical centers, has donated seven automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to the University of Hawai‘i Athletics Department for use throughout its men’s and women’s programs.
AEDs are common in most quality university athletic programs and the devices being donated by Pali Momi will supplement those already available to UH men’s and women’s athletes. The seven AEDs are valued at $12,000.
“As a proud health care partner of the University of Hawai‘i Athletics Program, we take our role of keeping our UH athletes healthier very seriously,” said Art Gladstone, chief executive officer of Pali Momi Medical Center and Straub Medical Center. “These devices can be used during practices and games to provide real time, lifesaving help should the need arise.”
“While we presently have AEDs available for our student athletes, these additional units will give us more coverage and care if necessary,” said UH Athletics Director David Matlin. “I’d like to extend a sincere mahalo to Art and the rest of the Hawai‘i Pacific Health family, not only for this generous donation, but for supporting our program as a Diamond Corporate Partner, providing valuable resources to support our athletic physicians.”
An AED is a portable device that monitors a heart’s rhythm and sends an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm if there is distress. The units being donated by Pali Momi are actually AED Plus devices, which means that in addition to the electric shock, they can also monitor the quality of the CPR being administered to the patient and provide real-time feedback to the individual administering the care.
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About Pali Momi Medical Center
With 118 beds and more than 400 physicians on its medical staff, Pali Momi Medical Center offers a full range of services for the communities of Central and West O‘ahu. The hospital has delivered many medical firsts for the community, including Central and West O‘ahu’s only interventional cardiac catheterization unit to detect and treat heart disease, a fully integrated minimally invasive surgical suite, a comprehensive women’s center, CT scan and MRI services, and the state’s first retina center. Pali Momi is the only facility in Hawai‘i that uses a team triage approach in its emergency room, where patients are promptly evaluated by an emergency physician. The hospital is an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care providers and a not-for-profit health care network of hospitals, clinics, physicians and other caregivers serving Hawai‘i and the Pacific region with high quality, compassionate care. In addition to Pali Momi, Hawai‘i Pacific Health includes Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center. Learn more at PaliMomi.org.
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