Sunday, September 19, 2021

Southlake Fire Receives Honors from American Heart Association

The City of Southlake’s Fire Department recently received the Mission Lifeline Gold Plus recognition by the American Heart Association. The recognition program is to raise awareness and commend teams, hospitals, and healthcare providers for adhering to the guidelines for evidence-based care of ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) and other health related risk.

This award is the highest designation granted by the American Heart Association. For an agency to meet criteria, it has to reach over 75% compliance for several EMS measures. Recipients must surpass the Bronze and Silver before reaching Gold status. This will be Southlake Fire Department’s fourth consecutive year in row to achieve such an honor.

The Fire Department staff is trained to identify and treat a heart attack upon arrival, as well as revive someone if their heart has stopped. The quick response, acquiring an ECG in the field and collaboration with the hospital are critical factors in the treatment, safety and security.

“Receiving this award illustrates our high standards of serving the community,” City of Southlake Fire Chief Mike Starr said. “Our highly trained professionals work to protect Southlake so that residents can rest easy knowing that they are in capable and caring hands.”

The City continues to invest in the fire department to ensure staff is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and training. Earlier this year, the Southlake Fire Department received re-accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CPSE) through a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables organizations to examine past, current and future service levels as well as internal performance metrics for best practice measures.

According the American Heart Association’s website, Mission Lifeline is national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with acute, high-risk, time sensitive, life threatening disease states such as STEMI Heart Attacks, Non-ST segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (NSTEMI Heart Attack), stroke and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

To learn more about the Southlake Fire Department, visit its website.

Carroll ISD and STUCO Partner for Annual Dragons Go Red Campaign

Blood Drive GfxCarroll ISD is preparing for its fifth year of the Dragons Go Red campaign during the month of February. Typically the health driven initiative focuses on heart health, but this year the district expanded the program teaming up with Carroll Senior High School Student Council to incorporate the annual campus blood drive.

This year, STUCO organized a district wide Carter Blood Drive. The “Dragons Go Red-Carter Blood Drive” will be Thursday, Feb 19 from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Carroll Senior High. The process to give blood usually takes 30 minutes from start to finish. Carter reports their blood bank supply is at crucial levels and donations are greatly needed. Click here to make a blood donation reservation online.

In addition to blood donations, monetary donations are also being accepted. The CISD is offering staff the opportunity to wear jeans on Thursdays during the month of February with a $10 American Heart Association donation. Once the donation is made to Health Services, donors receive a button to wear with jeans along with the color red on Thursdays.

CISD Health Services will also send weekly educational emails to staff to promote heart health through the American Heart Association. The district will also communicate news, images and additional Dragons Go Red information using the Twitter #DragonsGoRed.

170 Receive Hands-Only CPR Training at Staying Alive Southlake

Staying Alive in Southlake CPR ClassIn honor of National Heart Month and the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual Go Red for Women campaign, the City of Southlake, in partnership with AHA, Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Carroll ISD, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake and other community organizations, hosted the inaugural Staying Alive Southlake event February 15 at Southlake’s DPS North Station. Open to the public, more than 170 adults and youth received hands-only CPR training from Southlake DPS and employees of Texas Health Southlake. In addition, approximately $8000 was raised for AHA through corporate sponsorships and private contributions at the event.

“We had a great turnout for a first-time event and it was a successful partnership between the City, event sponsors and several other organizations  ̶  everyone pitched in and did their part,” commented Southlake Fire Chief Mike Starr. “Anytime we get kids involved in CPR training, the better chance we have of saving lives for the younger generation.”

As heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, the goal was to provide the Southlake community with a free, heart healthy and educational event to help raise awareness about heart disease, as well as preventive measures. Activities included health screenings; family exercise ideas; heart healthy recipes and samples from Central Market Southlake; and fun giveaways from health fair vendors.

According to Amanda Haggerty, director of marketing for AHA Tarrant County, nearly 400,000 cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States, and more than 7,200 DFW residents died from cardiovascular diseases in 2012. Hands-only CPR, which is performed to the rhythm of the disco classic “Stayin’ Alive” and has more than 100 beats per minute, can more than double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

“Texas Health Southlake was thrilled to be a part of Staying Alive Southlake and we look forward to training more people next year,” said Traci Bernard, RN, president of Texas Health Southlake, noting 37 hospital employees volunteered at the event. “Knowing how-to perform CPR is something everyone should learn and we would much rather help people prevent heart disease than see them go to an emergency room.”

Go Red at Staying Alive Southlake February 15th; Free CPR Classes & Health Fair

The most popular color in Southlake is typically Carroll Dragon green, but this month the city is going red in honor of National Heart Month and the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual Go Red for Women campaign. To help raise awareness about heart disease and preventive measures, the City of Southlake, in partnership with AHA, Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Carroll ISD, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake and other community organizations, is hosting the inaugural Staying Alive Southlake event February 15, 10:00AM to 4:00PM, at Southlake DPS North Station.

Open to the public, the goal is to provide the Southlake community with a free, heart healthy and educational event. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and it is the mission of the AHA to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Activities include:

  • Hands-only CPR training from Southlake DPS and staff at Texas Health Southlake
  • Free CPR kits for each participant provided by AHA
  • Heart healthy recipes and samples from Central Market Southlake
  • Health screenings
  • Family exercise ideas
  • Fun giveaways from health fair vendors
  • Don’t text and drive information and demonstration from Southlake DPS

“The American Heart Association’s Staying Alive campaign is a natural fit for the city. One of our biggest concerns is always the safety of our citizens; no matter their age,” states City Council Member and event organizer Laura Hill. “How incredible if every adult and child knew CPR and had the confidence that if faced with an emergency, they could help save a life.”

According to Amanda Haggerty, director of marketing for AHA Tarrant County, nearly 400,000 cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States, and more than 7,200 DFW residents died from cardiovascular diseases in 2012. Hands-only CPR, which is performed to the rhythm of the disco classic “Stayin’ Alive” and has more than 100 beats per minute, can more than double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

“As a healthcare provider and community partner, we wholeheartedly support this event and our staff will be there throughout the day to help people learn how-to prevent heart disease,” said Traci Bernard, RN, president of Texas Health Southlake. “Staying Alive Southlake is a big part of our goal to be the reddest city in Tarrant County as part of American Heart Association’s ‘Paint the Town Red’ competition the hospital is participating in this month.”

Dragons Go Red Returns to CISD

Once again, the Carroll ISD will promote good heart health in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red campaign.

For the past two years, Carroll has provided unique “Dragons Go Red” t-shirts for staff and students to purchase. A portion of the purchase price is donated to the American Heart Association. This year, t-shirts will be available at the new Carroll ISD Administration Center located at 2400 N. Carroll Avenue in the Communications and Marketing Department. The t-shirts are the 2012 design and will be sold for a $7 donation. Adult and child sizes are varied, this limited stock will be on a first come, first served basis. With any “Dragons Go Red” t-shirt, faculty and staff can wear jeans on Wednesdays during the month of February. Staff members who wear a previous year’s shirt are encouraged to make a donation to the AHA through their campus nurse. Staff at Carroll ISD Administration building can leave their donation in a marked box at the front desk.

In addition to t-shirt sales, Carroll ISD schools are also conducting fundraisers for the AHA. Old Union, Rockenbaugh Elementary and Johnson Elementary schools will each host a “Jump Rope for Heart” event. See campus calendars for dates.

Click here to read previous stories posted about Carroll ISD’s involvement with the American Heart Association.