By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley) – As the only remaining non-profit hospital in the High Desert, part of St. Mary’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life in the communities it serves.
St. Mary recently partnered with High Desert Church to ensure the church is better prepared for cardiac emergencies. With three meeting locations, the Church Safety Director Todd Kliewer was in need of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) to be available at church services and meetings.
St. Mary noted the need and donated three new AEDs to the church that boasts more than 12,000 members.
“As far as our safety team is concerned, it means the world,” Kliewer said. Before picking up the AEDs he said if there was a cardiac event suffered by one of their members they just had to perform CPR and play the waiting game as an ambulance responded. With the new equipment, they are better equipped to save lives in a critical window of time for survival.
“St. Mary Medical Center has a long history of collaborating with like-minded partners in the community,” said Paul Kaminski, Vice President of St. Mary Foundation. “This is an example of one of those collaborations of extending our healing ministry.”
The donation in part was coordinated by church member Dr. Mack Green, who specializes in sports medicine. “We feel truly blessed to have support in the community,” he said.
The church will provide training on the new equipment, and they will be available for use as soon as possible.
About St. Joseph Health, St. Mary
Established in 1956, St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is a 212-bed acute care medical center that is home to the High Desert’s premier comprehensive cardiovascular surgery program. The medical center is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. St. Mary is part of St. Joseph Health, which is a non-profit, faith-based health care delivery organization serving California, Texas and New Mexico. In Southern California, its hospitals include Mission Hospital with campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach; St. Joseph Hospital in Orange; St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, along with St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare and home health care services. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, St. Joseph Health strives to achieve its mission by realizing three strategic goals: Sacred Encounters, Perfect Care and Healthiest Communities.