Crossroads Receives AED From Hospital

New and potentially life-saving equipment is in place at Crossroads Success Academy thanks to a donation from the Stephens County Hospital Foundation.

Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten, Crossroads Director Jerry Brown, and School System Nurse Supervisor Marie Brownlow recently accepted the donation of an automated external defibrillator, or AED device, to place at the Crossroads school.

An AED is designed to be used by anyone, including non-medical personnel, to treat heart attack victims in emergency situations. An automated voice gives the user step-by-step directions to use the defibrillator to shock the victim’s heart in an attempt to correct the heart rhythm and stabilize the victim until medical help can arrive.

School officials thanked the Hospital and its Foundation for the donation.

Meanwhile, Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that the hospital is glad to be able to provide this life saving equipment to Crossroads, adding that the first few minutes of a heart attack is a critical period and having this device could make the difference in saving a life.