Kona Hospital Foundation was presented with a new automated external defibrillator (AED) by Physio Control on Thursday, September 19th at the Family Support Service Early Child Center in Kealakekua. The AED will be dedicated to the Kona Community Hospital medical van, which services Hawaii Island’s rural, medically underserved Ka`u District.
Associates from Physio-Control, a leading manufacturer of external defibrillators, monitors and emergency medical response products, were participating in community services while on Hawaii Island with their organization’s incentive group program. In addition to their community service, Physio-Control donated the AED, worth $7000 to the Kona Community Hospital medical van which has been operating in Pahala and Ocean View communities since January, 2013.
“We’re very pleased that Physio-Control thought about us. Ka`u is an area that needs to be served and is frequently overlooked,” said Jackie Murray, Nurse Practioner who provides services to the van’s patient population. She added, “The addition of the AED will greatly enhance the medical van’s resources to quickly respond to a sudden cardiac event.”