March 29, 2004

York Region launches Heart Alive, a Public Access Defibrillation Program

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will be launching its Heart Alive Program, a public access defibrillation program aimed at promoting heart health, preventing sudden cardiac arrest and increasing survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.
WHEN: Thursday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Great Hall, York Region Administrative Centre
  17250 Yonge Street (north of Mulock Drive) in Newmarket
• Michael Garrett, Chief Administrative Officer, York Region
• York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge
• Dr. Helena Jaczek, Commissioner of Health Services and Medical Officer of Health, York Region
• Brad Meekin, General Manager of York Region Emergency Medical Services
As part of York Region’s Heart Alive Program, Automated External Defibrillators have been installed in 20 Regional sites across York Region.
To date EMS paramedic instructors have trained over 200 staff as Heart Alive Targeted Responders.  These staff are ready to respond to medical emergencies in their workplace.
The launch will include the viewing of a brief video that outlines a dramatization of a sudden cardiac arrest and the emergency response that follows as part of York Region’s Heart Alive Program.

Contact:  Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
   -(905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1238

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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