San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
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In early 2008, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the SCAA was organized by an enthusiastic and passionate group of people. Many of them have been working for many years to promote awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of knowing CPR and how to use an AED. This core group and others became the steering committee for this California chapter.
Chapter leader Anita Grogan is the wife of SCA Survivor Jack Grogan, an SCAA board member. Together, they have been involved with SCA issues since 2002, including NCED's Survivor Network in Washington, DC. Anita and Jack have been very passionate about local and state involvement and have been working with EMS professionals and fire departments in the Bay Area. One of their proudest achievements is their involvement in the passage of legislation in California requiring that all fitness centers have AEDs.
The chapter is very honored to have Dr. Paul Wang, MD, of Stanford University Medical Center as their medical director. Dr. Wang and his family have been very helpful and supportive in the forming of this chapter.
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter has been very active since they held their first meeting. Membership keeps growing, and they enlist the help of many others who are interested in this important work. Members are presently working on CPR and AED training in several schools throughout this area of California. Several members are working on Heart Safe City Programs and PAD programs for their cities and counties. Our plan is to encourage more ICD patients to become active in the SCA prevention community. Support groups for survivors, ICD patients, and their families are being organized in the Bay Area. We are very eager to begin work with the other newly formed California SCAA Chapters so that Californians will be better informed about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the importance of knowing CPR, and how to use an AED. We also plan to work on getting AEDs in many more locations in California. We know that together we will make a difference!
Chapter Leader: Anita Grogan
Chapter Co-Leader: Captain Jose Chavez
Medical Director: Dr. Paul Wang, M.D., Stanford University Medical Center, Acting Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine, Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory
Secretary: Stephanie Lau, Safety Manager, San Jose International Airport, San Jose, CA
Steering Committee Members:
Jim Baum, SCA Survivor, Lodi, CA
Julianne Brawner, Health Education Services, Menlo Park, CA
Captain Jose Chavez, BFO-EMS, San Jose Fire Department, San Jose, CA
Lt. Steve Drewniany, Sunnyvale DPS, Sunnyvale, CA
Jack Grogan, SCA Survivor, SCAA Board Member, San Jose, CA
Pamela Kurtzman, Heart Safe Program Manager, Sequoia Health Care District, Redwood City, CA
Caralee Weich, SCA Survivor, Menlo Park, CA
Dr. Gloria Wu, M.D., Opthamology, Retina Vitreous, Los Gatos, CA
Teen Co-Chairs: Catherine Wang, Saratoga, CA; Lauren Rogers, San Jose, CA; Kelley Grogan, San Jose, CA; Caitlin Rogers, San Jose, CA.
College/Young Adult Co-Chairperson: Margaret Wang, Saratoga, CA
California Group Pushes for Wider AED Distribution
CHAPTER NEWS AND PROJECTS
San Jose Fire Department announces free, life-saving app created in San Ramon Valley
Perfectly timed to Valentine's Day, the San Jose Fire Department announced an application that will alert anyone who downloads it that someone nearby has called 911 and is having a heart attack. The smartphone and iPad app, found using a keyword search of "PulsePoint," is free for anyone to use, but it is recommended that those who download it are certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Contra Costa Times
San Jose Fire Department announces free, life-saving app
Fire District app debuts in San Jose
In conjunction with Valentine's Day, San Jose community leaders launched the PulsePoint citizen first responder mobile phone application designed to alert CPR-trained users to a victim in cardiac arrest. After a year working to get the app in the San Jose Fire service area, the district and El Camino Hospital unveiled the application at a news conference.
A location-based phone application that alerts people trained in CPR when someone nearby is having a heart attack will be spreading from San Ramon, California, to San Jose by mid-February, according to San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Chief Richard Price.
In addition, the CPR app was mentioned in the following broadcast/radio stations:
- KTVU 10 O’Clock News
- KPIX CBS 5 Eyewitness News
- KNTV NBC Bay Area News
- KCBS AM Radio
- KGO AM Radio
- ITV America Now
-Comcast 186 (pending clip)
-KLIV 1590 AM Radio (pending clip)
The ZOLL AED was presented to the Washington Neighborhood Health Clinic which is part of the Santa Clara County School Health Clinics. We met at the Washington Clinic where we learned of the services that they provide.
One of the Clinic Nurses told us of the recent CPR/AED training that they have completed at a 7th Grade class in which over 300 students were trained! We plan to work with them next year when they will be training more students. Our SF Bay Area Chapter Members were able to share information on the SCAA.
SCA Survivor Jerry Jolliff and his wife Nancy presented the AED. Jerry told the group the story of his save at a local Community Center where he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. He was saved by two teenage life guards who came to his aid.
Left to right:
Celia Morton, Dir. of Fund Develop & Communications
www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com&nclick_check=1">Organization in Santa Clara County Pushes for Wider Distribution of Automated External Defibrillators – San Jose Mercury News
The American Legion for many years has honored Firefighers through their Public Safety Awards Program. This year they have chosen CA Jose Chavez and the late Jack Grogan and family to receive the award for Sustained Superior Service for 2010 for their continuing effort in making the City of San Jose a "Heart Safe City". The Heart Safe City project's mission statement is as follows, "Reduce morbidity and mortality associated with cardiac related events" Through CA Chavez' and Jack's dedicated effort the City of San Jose will soon increase the number of AED's from 160 to 500. The program will also dramatically increase the number of residents and visitors to San Jose trained in CPR. The first year program goal would be 20,000 people. The Awards Dinner is scheduled for March 20th 2010 at 5pm. Please contact Garry McLeod for more event information (408) 772-8827. CA Chavez and the late Jack Grogan have demonstrated in their actions a commitment to public safety and through their efforts the entire City of San Jose will benefit. Congratulations.
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By Patty Fisher, MercuryNews.com
Jack Grogan knew he was living on borrowed time, and he was determined to make every minute count.
Technically, Grogan died in 2002, when his heart stopped beating while he was sitting on an airplane, waiting to take off. He survived only because a quick-thinking flight attendant shocked him back to life with a portable defibrillator.
After that experience and triple bypass surgery, the hard-driving ex-Marine dedicated his life to making sure others would get a second chance the way he had. He campaigned tirelessly to put defibrillators in public buildings and make sure people knew how to use them.
November 19, 2009
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District boardroom was filled with sudden cardiac arrest survivors, their families and the public safety personnel who helped to save them, on Wednesday evening.
It was the annual recognition of survivors and the response crews who assisted them, by the Fire District along with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services. One-by-one each survivor came up to the podium and spoke about their experiences and thanked the men and women who helped them.
The survivors included a 10-year-old boy, a father of three, and a man who both survived a cardiac arrest and provided CPR to another person. Each of their presentations had a similar thread, one of thanks and one of outreach to others to become trained in CPR and the proper use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).
May 14, 2009 – Hearts United
SCAA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter members attended a Hearts United Recognition Event where United Flight Attendants who came to the aid of a passenger, Sid Gross of Bowling Green, Kentucky, at a Hawaii airport when he had a cardiac arrest were honored. Jack Grogan of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter was the Keynote speaker.
May 5, 2009 – SCAA Hero Awards Event at Menlo School
SCAA Hero Awards were presented to the rescuers who came to the aid of Pat Boland when he collapsed while officiating a basketball game at Menlo School. SCAA Hero plaques and pins were presented to; Jon Cohen, Menlo School Staff ; Dr. Randall Lee ; Dr. Jim Badger ; Dr. Susan Hoffman ; Dr. Kathy Renschler ; Deborah Addicott, R.N. ; Joan Barada, R.N.; Chief Glenn Nielsen.
On June 2, 2009, at the San Jose, CA City Council Meeting, Mayor Chuck Reed officially recognized National CPR/AED Awareness Week in San Jose. The San Jose Fire Dept -Heart Safe City , The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association , and the American Heart Association together sponsored special awards to four locations for the work they are doing in making the public more aware of SCA and the importance of CPR and how to use an AED. Lives were saved at these locations.
1) Mineta San Jose International Airport
2) H.P. Pavilion
3) Cisco Systems
4) Valley Christian High School.
Pictured left to right: Sgt. Joe Hernandez ( SJPD- AD ) ; Sgt. Rich Brooks ( SJPD- AD ); Sgt. Mike Smith ( SJPD ); Sandra Dixon (bystander who offered her support at the time of the incident); SCA Survivor William Gile (who suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and was saved at the airport); Stephanie Lau, Safety Manager of Mineta San Jose International Airport.
October 11, 2009
In San Ramon Valley, California a 10 year old boy with a pre-existing heart condition went into cardiac arrest while playing on his scooter. His dad and a neighbor immediately began CPR while his brother called 911. When the paramedics from the San Ramon Valley Fire Department arrived they shocked him with a defibrillator and transported him to the hospital.
Just hours later a 47 year old man went into cardiac arrest. The police arrived first and used an AED to get his heart beating again. Fortunately, AEDs are carried in every patrol car in San Ramon Valley. Paramedics then transported him to the hospital.
Captain Andy Swartzell, mentioned in the article, is a member of SCAA's San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
Thanks to a defibrillator and CPR used and performed by those that were well trained in how to use those life saving techniques two people are alive today.
Full story from the Contra Costa Times:
The San Mateo County 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Event was held Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 in South San Francisco.The SF BAY Area Chapter of SCAA took part and sponsored a Booth. Demonstrations of CPR and how to use an AED were given to many of the Attendees. SCAA Brochures and Power Point Newsletter were given out. The SCAA bracelets were a popular item. There were approximately 3000 people who attended this event.
Julianne Brawner ( Health Education Services and Pamela Kurtzman ( Sequoia Healthcare District ) both sponsored Booths as well. They are both active Members of SF BAY AREA Chapter. Julianne taught CPR most of the day to many attendees and Pamela's group presented a "Mock SCA" event. Survivors Coach Putterman and Jack Grogan took part in this also.
Survivor Jack Grogan at the SF BAY Area Booth at the San Mateo Event.
The Health Education Services Booth at the San Mateo Emergency Preparedness Event which was sponsored by Julianne Brawner (left)
SF Bay Chapter Enjoys Another Successful Meeting
On August 26, 2009, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of SCAA presented The SCAA HERO AWARD to Survivor Joe Farrell by Survivor Jerry Jolliff and Survivor Jack Grogan. In the photo below, offering congratulations are (left to right) Jerry Jolliff, Joe Farrell, Jack Grogan, Caralee Weich, and Ken Huber. All are Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Joe Farrell saved a man's life on a golf course in South Lake Tahoe when he suffered SCA.
Congratulations were extended to Member Brian Vierra (right, below) for completing his paramedic certification. Angie Martinez, who has acted as Brian's Supervisor spoke to the group about the great work that Brian has been doing. Brian has also received TWO SCAA HERO awards for helping to save two SCA Survivors.
Pamela Dodson (left, below) from Contra Costa County EMS shared with the group the new banner that will be used in their Heart Safe Community project.This project was introduced and presented to the Chapter by Pamela at the May Meeting. We are very excited to support this project . Jack Grogan and Jennifer Hughes look on.
Defibrillators will remain at Lodi Unified schools
By Jennifer Bonnett
Lodi Unified has decided not to pull automatic electronic defibrillators out of the district's four high schools.
"They're going to stay where they're at," Chief Business Official Doug Barge said Tuesday after receiving direction from the superintendent.
Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer directed the district to essentially take no action regarding the defibrillators, he said.
May 27 Chapter Meeting: Member Pamela Dodson spoke to the Chapter on the new Contra Costa County Heart Safe Community proposal, which has been presented recently. Pam is with the Contra Costa County EMS.
Member and survivor Caralee Weich presented the SCAA Hero Award and pins to Sebastian Wong, Section Chief - EMS Operations, San Francisco Fire Dept. Sebastian is her Hero as he helped save her life when she suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest as she leaving a Musical Theatre in in San Francisco.
Board Member Jack Grogan also presented Member Brian Vierra with the SCAA Hero Award for his actions to help save the lives of two SCA victims.
From Victims to Teachers
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter member Joseph Farrell and SCAA board member Jack Grogan were recently interviewed about their sudden cardiac arrest experiences.
In an article for the Contra Costa Times, Farrell and Grogan recounted their own survivor stories while giving information on the causes and treatments for SCA.
Teens Host "Heart Skate"
Katie Wang was this year's Chairperson of the popular event to raise Awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the importance of knowing CPR and how to use an AED. The event was held on May 24 at the Logitech Ice Arena in San Jose, California. This year an added event was a Walk a thon held earlier in the day. The Teen members have many other projects they are planning for the upcoming year.
Teen co-chairs of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of SCAA at the recent "Heart Skate" Skate-a Thon. From left to right: Caitlin Rogers, Katie Wang, Lauren Rogers, and Kelley Grogan.
Jack Grogan recently welcomed SCA Survivors Joe Farrell and Jerry Jolliff as SCAA members at a San Francisco Bay Area meeting. They are both eager to become involved in the SCAA organization. Jack also presented Joe Farrell with an SCAA Hero pin, as he had saved a gentleman a few months before his own SCA. The man suffered a cardiac arrest on a Golf course at Lake Tahoe and Joe and others came to his rescue!
Jack Grogan (center) welcomes new SCAA Members Joe Farrell ( left) and Jerry Joliff (right) and presents them with their SCAA Survivor pins.
Survivor Jim Baum and Survivor Jack Grogan presented the SCAA Plaque and the SCAA Hero pin to Lt Steve Carillo of the Lodi, California Police Department on February 3, 2009. Carillo saved a fellow police officer's life at the FBI Academy in November.
Baum (left) and Grogan (right) award Carillo (center) for saving a life.
298 Esteban Way
San Jose, CA 95119
Captain Jose Chavez