East Valley-Phoenix Chapter
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Vicky White has been in the non-profit arena for 18 years, actively working with volunteers on a variety of local programs and initiatives. She and her family have been affected by a recent loss due to sudden cardiac arrest.
The East Valley-Phoenix Chapter intends to further the mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association through education and awareness, advocacy and outreach, and support for those whose lives have been changed by sudden cardiac arrest.
NEWS AND NOTES
Our chapter has been picked to be the feature non-profit for the Gilbert Chamber for the Good program and will have an article in the Gilbert Republic in the next couple of weeks.
Attached is a copy of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles newsletter with a small blurb (page 7) on an upcoming event we are having with them on April 6. Our chapter is donating an AED to the Mesa Tri-City 3468 Aerie. In addition to donating the equipment, we will be providing AED/CPR demonstrations. We are also in talks with other FOE locations to discuss a partnership with the Eagles as they are very much in line with our mission given that one of their featured charities is the Max Baer Heart Fund.
SCAA’s East Valley-Phoenix chapter, in partnership with the Highland High Band Boosters, celebrated Heart Month by hosting a Big Band Night on February 21, 2014 at the Arizona Golf Resort. Attendees enjoyed the musical performances of HHS Jazz Black and the King / Nelson Quartet, as well as dancing, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. In addition, the chapter donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Arizona Golf Resort in preparation for hosting its 4th annual Keep the Beat Golf Tournament which will be held at the resort.
(L-R) SCAA Chapter Leader Vicky White poses with Cipriano AIonutescu, General Managing Partner of the Arizona Golf Resort along with Laura White,a Highland HighSchool student, who dedicated the AED donation in memory of her father who lost his life to sudden cardiac arrest.
Designated nationally and proclaimed locally by Arizona Governor Brewer, June 3-8, 2013 is CPR/AED Awareness Week. To mark this occasion, our East Valley-Phoenix chapter will donate two Cardiac Science Powerheart AEDs to Gilbert Public Schools at its Board meeting on Tuesday, June 4th. Help us in our goal of eventually seeing AEDs as common as fire extinguishers. See AZ proclamation below...
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, East Valley-Phoenix Chapter
Girl Scouts Testify at the Arizona Legislature
Mark Newman, of Newman Realty, did a great job emceeing the mixer. Tracey Groy, of the Original Basket Boutique and SCAA Board member and Kelly Schager, of The Sign Guys, helped make the event a success!
A very big thanks goes to Todd and Jennie Wiggington, of The Sign Guys, for sponsoring the Connecting for a Cause mixer!
SCAA Chapter Leader, Vicky White, poses for a picture as guests arrived. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and win prizes with the proceeds benefiting SCAA.
Tim Bricker, CEO of Mercy Gilbert Hospital and Gilbert Chamber Board Member, gives a few remarks at the event. Tim is also a fellow classmate of Gilbert Leadership’s Class XX.
A “Pool Challenge” between the Town of Gilbert and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce!
J. W. Rayhons eyes the pool table as Gilbert Mayor John Lewis takes his shot during the "Pool Challenge".
Thanks to friends at COSTCO, guests enjoyed some yummy cake as the mixer kicked off Heart Month!
Gilbert Chamber members socialize during the mixer celebrating Heart Month
Troop 2451 worked hard over the past year teaching others hands-only CPR and how to use AEDs to earn their Silver Award.
Troop 2451 begins their Silver Award presentation to the Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scout Council.
Teaching the Council members about sudden cardiac arrest and the chain of survival.
Laura White donates the AEDs to the Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scout Council Board Chair, Margaret Serrano-Foster
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, East Valley-Phoenix chapter's second annual Keep the Beat Golf tournament held on September 16, 2011 was deemed a great success thanks to all the sponsors, players and volunteers. The East Valley-Phoenix chapter also donated an AED to Superstition Springs Golf Club thanks to
Mark Newman, of Newman Realty and JW Rayhons, of Rayhons Financial Solutions facilitated a drawing, compliments of Gayle Schmidt, of Buffalo Wild Wings of Gilbert, during the awards luncheon at the tournament. The winner, Gus Dekavallas, of MetLife holds the gift basket made by Tracey Groy, of The original basket boutique of Gilbert.
AED Donation: City of Mesa Councilwoman Dina Higgins, Vicky White, SCAA-EV chapter leader and Jason Jaffrey, general manager of Superstition Springs Golf Club pose for pictures following the AED donation, thanks to the support of Cardiac Science.
The winning team - Cardiac Science - won the tournament for the second year in a row.
Jeff Munn, the voice of the Arizona Diamondbacks and veteran member of their broadcast team served as Master of Ceremonies.
Thanks to a Defibtech donation, the SCAA, East Valley-Phoenix chapter supplied an AED to the Gilbert branch of the East Valley Boys and Girls Club on June 3, 2011 commemorating CPR/AED Awareness Week. Holding the AED is Ramon Elias, president and CEO of the East Valley Boys and Girls Club. Also pictured are Linda Abbott, councilmember for the Town of Gilbert and members of the Gilbert Fire Department, as well as SCAA board members, who participated by talking with the hundred children who attended the special ceremony. In addition, Girl Scout Troop 2451 demonstrated bystander CPR and how to use an AED.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer proclaims June 1-7 as CPR/AED Awareness week
To commemorate CPR/AED Awareness Week, the East Valley has planned the following:
10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011
Hero Recognition Award ceremony
US Airways Ticket Counter at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
Following the presentation we will be demonstrating bystander CPR and how to use an AED to US Airways employees
9 a.m., Friday, June 3
AED Donation to Boys and Girls Club - Gilbert Branch
We will also demonstrate to the staff and children how to perform CCC/CPR and how to use an AED
CPR HERO HONORED
By Dan Siegel, www.abc15.com
US Airways' Customer Service Agent Stephan Mueller will receive the East Valley Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association’s Hero Award for his response to a sudden cardiac arrest event. Mueller performed CPR and called for a defibrillator when a coworker collapsed, saving the coworker’s life. 10:30am, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
SCAA, East Valley - Phoenix chapter donated an AED to the Town of Gilbert on April 14. The Town will place the life-saving unit at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts.
Pictured (L-R): Susan Sokolsky, Gilbert Public Schools and SCAA board member; SCAA Chapter Leader Vicky White; Gilbert Mayor John Lewis; Higley's Governing Board President Kim Anderson; Gilbert Councilmember Linda Abbott; Larry Whitesell, Manager for Higley Center for the Performing Arts; and Dr. Denise Birdwell, Higley Unified School District's Superintendent.
Mesa's Newest Pool Opens Today
Skyline Aquatics Center, 845 S. Crismon Road, held its grand opening today with a free swim. Constructed
in a mere 350 days, Skyline joins the City’s pool portfolio as the ninth pool. Skyline can host swim meets, events, and recreational swimming.
“The Skyline Aquatic Center is an impressive new facility in East Mesa that will benefit the entire East Valley,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “The addition of Skyline gives Mesa a cluster of aquatic facilities that is the finest in the entire county.”
High schools take steps to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in athletes
SCAA, East Valley-Phoenix chapter exhibited at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce's fifth annual Health Summit on Saturday, March 26th. Girl Scout Troop 2451 was also on hand to demonstrate CCC/CPR and how to use AEDs.
Girl Scout Troop 2451 and SCAA chapter leader, Vicky White, pose with Arizona Cardinal cheerleaders, Vanessa and Chelsea, at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce's 5th Annual Health Fair.
The girls from Girl Scout Troop 2451 are ready to demonstrate CCC/CPR and how to use AEDs at the Health Fair
Shelly and Susan, SCAA members, talk with Heath Fair attendee about the importance of public access placements of AEDs.
Girl Scouts Train Others
On Monday, March 7, 2011, Arizona Cactus-Pine Council's Girl Scout Troop 2451 trained fellow girl scouts on how to perform CCC/CPR and how to use an AED. The girls in Troop 2451 are working toward their silver award by hosting community events where they can share their knowledge of sudden cardiac arrest and the steps in the chain of survival.
SCAA-EV partnered with Cardiac Science Corporation and Jon Rittenburg to conduct the screenings. In addition, SCAA-EV and the girl scouts demonstrated how to perform continuous chest compression/cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CCC/CPR) techniques and participants heard about the importance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in saving lives of those who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Fairgoers had the opportunity for hands-on training utilizing mannequins.
SCAA-EV Board members (L-R) Sharon Harfst, Brittany Hightower and Tracey Groy demonstate CCC/CPR and AEDs at the VVL Health Fair.
Jon Rittenburg, of Cardiac Science, demonstrates how easy an AED is to use. Cardiac Science also provided free Heart Screenings at the event.
SCAA-EV and Girl Scout Troop 2451 demonstrated how to perform continuous chest compression/cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CCC/CPR) techniques at VVL Health Fair. Fairgoers had the opportunity for hands-on training utilizing mannequins.
On Tuesday, February 1, 2011,the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, East Valley-Phoenix chapter kicked off heart month by donating an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Pioneer Elementary school in Gilbert. The chapter donated this life saving device as several students in attendance have serious cardiac issues.
In addition to the AED donation, chapter members worked with staff on how to perform continuous chest compressions/cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CCC/CPR) and use the AED. Teachers had the opportunity to hone their skills with hands-on training tools.
Every two minutes an American dies from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). By the end of 2011, nearly 300,000 Americans will die from SCA, making it the nation’s leading cause of death – more than breast cancer, lung cancer or HIV/AIDS, combined. Sadly, only seven percent of SCA victims survive. Most deaths from SCA can be prevented with rapid response and treatment. By placing AEDs on school grounds, not only are students safer, so are teachers, staff, administrators, parents and visitors to school facilities.
(L-R) Pioneer Elementary's school nurse Lin Maxfield and Dr. Dave Allison, superintendent for Gilbert Public School's pose with Vicky White, chapter leader for SCAA, East Valley-Phoenix chapter and Mike Davis, principal for Pioneer Elementary school following the AED donation.
(Middle) Debra Reyff, along with her daughter Megan participated in accepting the AED donation to Pioneer Elementary school as their family is in particular need of this life saving device. Also, shown (L-R) Pioneer Elementary's school nurse Lin Maxfield, SCAA members Tracey Groy and Vicky White, along with Principal Mike Davis (far right).
Over 300 students in grades 3-6 heard first hand about the the chain of survival and how to perform CCC/CPR and use an AED during a school assembly at Pioneer Elementary from SCAA, East Valley-Phoenix chapter members Tracey Groy and Vicky White, along with principal Mike Davis.
LIFE SAVING DEVICE DONATED TO GILBERT SCHOOL
On Wednesday, January 26, 2011, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, East Valley-Phoenix chapter donated a Cardiac Science Powerheart automated external defibrillator (AED) to Playa del Rey Elementary school in Gilbert. The chapter donated this life saving device to the school as it has several students in attendance with serious cardiac issues.
Teachers and staff learned how to perform continuous chest compressions/cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CCC/CPR) and use AEDs. They then had the opportunity to hone their skills by using manikins and trainer AEDs.
Approximately 300 students in grades 4, 5 & 6 attended a school assembly to watch the AED donation. They also learned how to implement the chain of survival by performing continuous chest compressions/cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CCC/CPR) and using AEDs.
Dr. Robyn Conrad, principal of Playa del Rey Elementary accepted the AED donation, along with Dr. Dave Allison, superintendent of the Gilbert Public Schools and Lorie Miller, RN, Director of Health Services who delivered remarks. Vicky White, SCAA, East Valley-Phoenix chapter leader looked on, along with Jonathan Rittenburg of Cardiac Science.
Meridian Receives AED
In a special assembly January 12, Vicky White, chapter leader of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, East Valley-Phoenix Chapter presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Principal Vicki Hester. It is the seventh device to be donated to a Gilbert public school, and Superintendent Dr. Dave Allison was present to thank SCAA-EV and Vicky White for their caring concern and generosity. It was a wonderful opportunity for approximately 375 third-, fourth- and sixth-grade students to view AED and CPR demonstrations. Meridian Elementary received the donation because a student with particular need was identified on campus.
Photo courtesy Meridian Elementary -
SCAA-EV Chapter Leader Vicky White, Superintendent Dr. Dave Allison, and Principal Vicki Hester
2011 First Quarter Newsletter
Awareness and Education - The East Valley Chapter is working locally to raise awareness and prevention of sudden cardiac arrest by increasing public access to defibrillators in schools, health clubs, and other venues, and encouraging personal health promotion including diet and exercise education. We also hope to educate the public on disease process and potential intervention.
Advocacy and Outreach - The East Valley Chapter is hoping to collaborate with local hospitals, physicians, academic centers and industry to spearhead local and state advocacy efforts, participating in valuable community service programs, and make a difference by helping to save lives.
Support - The East Valley Chapter will host meetings where both survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, as well as those who have lost loved ones to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, can share their experiences.
SCAA - East Valley Phoenix Chapter
2317 East Mallard Court
Gilbert, AZ 85234