BRG Donates Lifesaving Tools to St. Amant High School

Baton Rouge, La. – This week, Baton Rouge General donated ten CPR kits to St. Amant High School in partnership with the Capital Area American Heart Association.

“When someone who is not in a hospital has a heart attack, their chance of survival can double or even triple if CPR is performed within a few minutes,” said Dr. Kenny Cole, BRG Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and Capital Area American Heart Association board member. “These CPR kits and materials could save the life of a teacher or student at St. Amant.”

According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in public die because they don't receive CPR soon enough. Teaching students CPR skills empowers them to increase the number of lives that can be saved. In 2014, Louisiana passed a law requiring all high schools students to take CPR training, but not all schools have proper equipment. In addition, St. Amant High School is under construction from recent flooding, so they are temporarily using Dutchtown High School.

“This is an amazing gift,” said St. Amant High School principal Mia Edwards. “After all that everyone has been through, it’s great to have something that is not only so needed, but also earmarked just for us.”

BRG and the AHA present St. Amant High School with new training kits with a reusable wheeled bag for convenient movement among classrooms, easy storage, and the ability to train hundreds of people.

Pictured: St. Amant High School Principal Mia Edwards; Physical Education teacher and CPR instructor Kristy Englade; Allied Health teacher Shawn Bourgeois; Assistant Principal Angela Boudreaux; and BRG Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and American Heart Association Board Member Dr. Kenny Cole.

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