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Chatham Fields are Safer


Chatham Fields are Safer

From the Chatham Courier

John Taylor Babbitt Foundation and joint committee funding
By KATE BREX, Editor
Published: Aug 7th, 6:15 AM

CHATHAM – Borough recreation fields are safer for the installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) placed there by the borough’s recreation department and the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation (JTB).

The AEDs were placed at all five recreation fields in the borough.

“We have already installed a good number of AEDs in businesses around town,” said Mayor Nelson Vaughan, who has been trained to use the device. “Now with the addition of these defibrillators at the fields, it will really make a difference. I hope that they never have to be used, but if they are, I hope that they are used effectively. Everyone should be trained in their use.”

The purchase of the devices was a joint effort of the JTB Foundation and the Joint Recreation Committee of the Chathams.
However, the foundation made a substantial donation towards the placement of the AEDs at borough fields as part of its mission to prevent sudden cardiac death.

Both groups worked hand-in-hand with Atlantic HeartSmart AED to complete the project.

“They were critical to the project getting done,” said Joanne Babbitt, vice president of the foundation.

Babbitt, also co-founder of the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, has always wanted to give back to a community that supported her and her family when her son John Taylor suffered sudden cardiac arrest in 2006.

The foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in the memory of John Taylor Babbitt, who was 16 when he collapsed and died at a basketball game at St. Patrick’s Church on Chatham Street from undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

A resident of Chatham, John Babbitt was a junior at the Pingry School in Bernards Township when he died on Feb. 26, 2006. A 2003 graduate of St. Patrick School, he was a member of the Youth Ministry and a member of the football, basketball, soccer and baseball teams at Pingry.

Babbitt said there was no better way to thank the community than installing devices that could save another young person’s life.

“If it hadn’t been for the people of Chatham, we don’t know where we would be,” she said.

The foundation was begun three years ago to keep “young people engaged.”

The easily reached devices are mounted on a pole. When pulled from the pole, the device emits a piercing alarm notifying anyone within range that something has gone wrong. It serves two purposes, alerting people of an emergency and deterring anyone from stealing the device.

The devices, which cost between $1,500 and $2,000, were ordered through Atlantic Health Systems.

In recent year’s, the cost of the AEDs has gone down and the operating simplicity of the device has gone up allowing almost anyone to help in a dire emergency possibly saving someone’s life before help arrives.

The new generation of Automated External Defibrillators “talks” the user through the process.

Babbitt confirmed that the devices are simpler and easier to handle. She also noted that if a member of the public uses the device, the state’s good Samaritan law would kick in.

“However, you have to follow some steps in order to be protected by the law,” she said.

After discussions with the School District of the Chathams, the school district will also begin placement of units at school facilities Chatham Recreation uses.

“The Babbitt Foundation with assistance from Carol Nauta and Tom Denning have identified several school fields used by both school teams and the recreation department for installation of AEDs,” said Superintendent of Schools James O’Neill. “We have agreed to supplement the ones they are installing by putting an additional one at both Cougar and Haas fields. This is a great initiative and we appreciate the efforts of the Babbitt Foundation to do things to help ensure the health and safety of athletes in Chatham. We currently have AEDs in all of our schools and each nurse, as well as, the athletic trainer also have one each.”

Raising Awareness

The third annual “Walk with Heart” to honor John Babbitt and raise funds for the foundation, was held on Sunday, May 17, at The Pingry School in Bernards Township.

More than 400 students and families from the area participated in the event, which raised more than $45,000 for the foundation. At the walk, representatives from Atlantic Health Systems were available and demonstrated the use of the AEDs.

Babbitt said the foundation has underwritten three American Heart Association certified AED training courses and plans to hold more.

Walk with Heart was sponsored by the foundation and organized by students in The Pingry School’s JTB Heart Club as part of the independent senior project.

The day included a three-mile run, three-mile walk, music, food, and prizes.

The foundation is dedicated to the prevention of sudden cardiac death particularly in student athletes. Current foundation initiatives include supporting defibrillator legislation, raising awareness on the prevalence of sudden cardiac death, and working to increase defibrillator availability on local playing fields.

“John’s sudden loss was shocking and tragic,” said his father David Babbitt. “But it is our hope that through the foundation’s activities we can prevent other families from experiencing the pain of losing a child to this disease.”

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Chatham Fields are Safer2020-11-25T12:48:11-05:00

Kiosks in Hospitals on AEDs and Sudden Cardiac Arrest


Kiosks in Hospitals on AEDs and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

New Kiosks Offer Helpful Information on Defibrillators, Sudden Cardiac Arrest at Morristown Memorial, Overlook
By Atlantic Health

Atlantic Ambulance’s Atlantic HeartSmart AED recently unveiled two new kiosks designed to educate visitors at Morristown Memorial and Overlook Hospital about the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of having defibrillators close by when they occur.

A recent ceremony to unveil the kiosks brought together representatives from organizations who advocate awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and integrating defibrillator use and training in the community and home. The unveiling also highlighted the recent efforts of Atlantic HeartSmart to offer defibrillators for sale to patients and the public in a hospital setting and its ongoing work with community organizations.

The kiosks, which stand about seven feet tall, each display a Philips home automated external defibrillator (AED), its battery and a set of the pads that would be used on a patient.

Near the top of the kiosk is a monitor that plays a video which describes sudden cardiac arrest and explains how the AED is used. Atlantic HeartSmart AED, part of the Atlantic Ambulance Corporation, created the kiosks and collaborated with Atlantic Health, to place them in areas of Morristown Memorial Hospital and Overlook Hospital in highly visited areas of the hospitals. One kiosk is located in the lobby of Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Memorial Hospital, while the other is located in the main lobby of Overlook Hospital. “These kiosks will fulfill a vital role in the continuum of care Atlantic Health provides to patients and visitors, by educating them about how to protect themselves after they have left the hospitals,” said Joyce Hildenbrand, LCSW, manager, Atlantic HeartSmart AED.

The kiosks are intended to raise awareness about the deadliness of sudden cardiac arrest, which occurs about 80 percent of the time at home. According to the American Heart Association, the use of a defibrillator within a few minutes of the onset of sudden cardiac arrest can reverse its effects. While the AMA has no statistics for the exact number of cardiac arrests that occur each year, emergency medical services treat nearly 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. It is estimated that more than 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. In cities where defibrillation is provided within 5 to 7 minutes, the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest is as high as 30–45 percent.

“Experience has shown that time can make all the difference when sudden cardiac arrest occurs, and having the training and equipment readily available to treat it are invaluable tools,” Maryann Villone, RN, coordinator of Atlantic HeartSmart AED.

At the unveiling of the kiosks, members of Atlantic Health’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, such as Frank Smart, MD, chairman of cardiovascular medicine, and Steven Sheris, MD, chief of cardiology for Overlook Hospital, were joined by representatives from other organizations who share the understanding of the importance of AED use and training. Among the guests were JoAnne Taylor Babbitt, who founded the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation to honor her son, who died at age 16 from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing basketball. In addition to raising awareness of heart disease and supporting research on genetic cardiac disorders, the foundation works to install defibrillators in schools, athletic venues and public gathering places. The foundation, working with Atlantic HeartSmart AED and Chatham Borough and Township, recently installed 15 defibrillators at athletic fields in both municipalities. The Foundation and Atlantic HeartSmart are also working on a template that can be used by other towns to implement AED programs.

“Raising awareness about how to prevent sudden cardiac death is a key component of the work we do with our foundation, and critical for our success,” Mrs. Babbitt said. “According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is widely misunderstood so I am very pleased to be part of this initiative to help educate people about what can be done to prevent deaths due to cardiac arrhythmias.”

Lisa Salberg, of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, also attended and spoke at the unveiling. Salberg founded the non-profit organization formed to provide information, support and advocacy to patients, their families and medical providers about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, in which heart muscle abnormally thickens.

“I am thrilled to see AED education and access made so understandable and accessible to the visitors of Atlantic Health Hospitals,” Salberg said. “With greater understanding of AED’s and more placed in homes, community centers, schools and places of business, we can begin to make greater strides toward the goal of lower deaths related to sudden cardiac arrest.” The kiosks also feature information on how patients, their caregivers and the general public can purchase the device from Atlantic HeartSmart, an authorized distributor of the Philips HeartStart AED.

David C. Columbus, National Sales Manager for the Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator, said Atlantic HeartSmart is the first organization to make the Philips device available to purchase through a hospital setting. “Atlantic HeartSmart has taken a very progressive approach by offering defibrillators in hospitals, something which will help enhance the safety of patients after they leave the hospital,” Columbus said.

Photo above: Mark Mason (VP – Mason Display Innovations); David C. Columbus; JoAnne Babbitt(VP -John Taylor Babbitt Foundation); Ralph Huttick(Account Manager, EMS and Fire Rescue – Philips Healthcare); Lisa Salberg(Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Foundation); Maryann Villone, coordinator of Atlantic HeartSmart AED; Joyce Hildenbrand, manager, Atlantic HeartSmart AED; Steven Sheris, MD, chief of cardiology, Overlook Hospital; Ernie Lamberski(Indirect Channel Manager – Philips Healthcare); and Richard Donovan, director of Atlantic Ambulance Corporation stand in front of the recently unveiled kiosk in the lobby of Overlook Hospital.
Photo courtesy of Atlantic Health

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Faith, Hope and Love


Faith, Hope and Love

From St. Patrick’s Parish Life and Times, May 2008:

“If you’re like most people, you expect each day to be pretty much like the last one. Sure, experiences vary from day to day…some days are good while others leave a lot to be desired. Although you know life isn’t perfect, you kind of assume things will continue on an even keel. What you don’t expect is to experience a life shattering event ? one that, in the blink of an eye, changes you forever.”

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