CPR classes will be offered at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Texas County Memorial Hospital recently received a $1,925 grant to provide Heartsaver CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training for more than 125 Mountain Grove School eighth graders.

Wright County ranks high in the nation with the number of heart disease-related deaths. Some of these occur by heart attack — the American Heart Association estimates that one American every 34 seconds will suffer a heart attack. The chances of surviving one are reduced by as much as 10 percent with every minute of delay to defibrillation.

The Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation of Springfield announced the grant.

“Our goal in providing Heartsaver CPR training to Mountain Grove Middle School students is to help a student possibly save the life of a relative or friend that may suffer a heart attack,” said Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH.

Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation serves southwest Missouri. Texas County is not part of the foundation’s service area. However, TCMH recently added an ambulance base and clinic in Wright County, which is part of the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation service area.

“When we began looking into this grant opportunity, Bridget Williams, the Mountain Grove School superintendent, expressed excitement and a desire to be the first school to train students in the program,” Murray said.

The grant funding will allow TCMH to purchase several training mannequins, instructor and student training materials and completion cards for the students. TCMH emergency medical services personnel will teach the classes.

According to the Mountain Grove Middle School, the Heartsaver CPR classes will be part of classroom training for most eighth graders in late 2010.

“We are excited about this opportunity, and we believe that it will make a difference in someone’s life,” Murray said.

TCMH hopes to be able to offer similar training to other area middle school students after the Mountain Grove program is complete.

The grant received by TCMH was part of $50,190 in funds that was donated by the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation to nine area agencies. All of the grants supported health-related projects.

Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation is a charitable foundation whose purpose is to provide financial support to non-profit organizations that address critical health needs in southwest Missouri. Grants are made twice a year to area agencies that identify specific needs for programs, which implement the health-related mission of the foundation.


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