GSS – Syracuse receives AED donation

By The Voice News - July 13, 2017

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Bette Hallstrom, Robert Hallstrom, Sr. and Robert Hallstrom, Jr. stand in front of the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) donated to the Good Samaritan Society-Syracuse from the Hallstrom family.


SYRACUSE – The Hallstrom family of Syracuse donated an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to the Good Samaritan Society – Linden View in memory of Ethel Hallstrom.  Bob and Ethel have been long-time residents of Syracuse and had the opportunity to live at Good Samaritan Society – Linden View Assisted Living since September 2014.


Bette Hallstrom, daughter of Bob and Ethel, said, “My parents enjoyed living at Linden View.  They received excellent care. The employees and residents made their stay very pleasurable.”


An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person’s life. Ninety-five percent of people who have SCA die from it – most within minutes. Rapid treatment of SCA with an AED can be lifesaving.


AEDs are lightweight, battery-operated, portable devices that are easy to use. Learning how to use an AED and taking a CPR course are helpful. However, if trained personnel aren’t available, untrained people also can use an AED to help save someone’s life. People often find AEDs in places with large numbers of people, such as shopping malls, golf courses, businesses, airports, airplanes, casinos, convention centers, hotels, sports venues and schools. Those interested also can purchase a home-use AED.


An AED has also been purchased for the nursing home thanks to miscellaneous donations and multiple fundraising events.


Dianna Epp, Good Samaritan Society-Syracuse administrator, said, “We are so blessed to have this automated external defibrillator donated to the Good Samaritan Society Campus by the Robert Hallstrom family. The AED is used to restore the natural rhythm of the heart and is one of the best emergency treatments during sudden cardiac arrest. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that approximately 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests happen in the workplace every year. It’s the leading cause of death in the workplace, yet only 4 percent of the seven million businesses in the U.S. have an onsite AED. The national survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest is less than 7 percent. However, if an AED is used on conjunction with CPR, that survival rate skyrockets to more than 70 percent! By having these defibrillators in our buildings we can help to increase the survival rate of those needing this medical device in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. What wonderful donations to our campus.”


About the Good Samaritan Society: The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services, owns and operates more than 240 long-term healthcare centers, home care agencies and senior living communities, including Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse. Founded in 1922, the Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”


For more information, contact Janelle Werner, Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse, Marketing and Resource Development Coordinator,





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