Meet the Babbitt Family

2020-11-25T13:12:47-05:00

Meet the Babbitt Family

The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation was started in 2007 by JoAnne and Dave Babbitt after they lost their 16-year-old son John to Sudden Cardiac Death.

Moving back to New Jersey in 1997 from a job transfer that had brought them to England, JoAnne and Dave moved to Chatham with their two young sons, John, who would start 3rd grade, and his younger brother, Andrew, who would start first grade, at St. Patrick School. After the boys graduated from St. Pats, they attended The Pingry School in Basking Ridge. Involved with town sports such as travel baseball, football and soccer, they also returned to their alma mater to play basketball on Sundays through the parish’s youth ministry program. It was on one of those Sundays that JoAnne got the call to come down to the gym. Dave was already there watching the game. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” recalls JoAnne. “In a minute your life changes—just like that.”

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What COVID-19 is doing to the heart, even after recovery

2020-11-25T13:02:05-05:00

What COVID-19 is doing to the heart, even after recovery

A growing number of studies suggest many COVID-19 survivors experience some type of heart damage, even if they didn’t have underlying heart disease and weren’t sick enough to be hospitalized. This latest twist has health care experts worried about a potential increase in heart failure.

“Very early into the pandemic, it was clear that many patients who were hospitalized were showing evidence of cardiac injury,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, chief of the division of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “More recently, there is recognition that even some of those COVID-19 patients not hospitalized are experiencing cardiac injury. This raises concerns that there may be individuals who get through the initial infection, but are left with cardiovascular damage and complications.”

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COVID-19 Pandemic Dramatically Increased Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Cases and Deaths in New York City

2020-11-25T13:12:31-05:00

COVID-19 Pandemic Dramatically Increased Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Cases and Deaths in New York City

Study Based on New York City EMS Calls Finds Cases Nearly Tripled From Previous Year

JUNE 19, 2020—(BRONX, NY)—The COVID-19 pandemic in New York City caused a surge in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and deaths, according to a study co-authored by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System, and the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY).

David J. Prezant, M.D.
David J. Prezant, M.D.

The study, published online today in JAMA Cardiology, found a three-fold increase in out-of-hospital non-traumatic cardiac-arrest cases in March and April 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. On the worst day—April 6—cardiac arrests peaked at 305 cases, an increase of nearly 10-fold compared with the same day one year earlier. The mortality rate for cardiac-arrest cases also rose, from 75% in 2019 to more than 90% during the same period in 2020.

“Relatively few, if any, patients were tested to confirm the presence of COVID-19, so we couldn’t distinguish between cardiac arrests attributable to COVID-19 and those that may have resulted from other health conditions,” said study senior author David Prezant, M.D., professor of medicine at Einstein, a clinical pulmonologist at Montefiore, and the Chief Medical Officer at the FDNY. “We also can’t rule out the possibility that some people may have died from delays in seeking or receiving treatment for non-COIVD-19-related conditions. However, the dramatic increase in cardiac arrests compared to the same period in 2019, strongly indicates that the pandemic was directly or indirectly responsible for that surge in cardiac arrests and deaths.”

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Chatham Girl Scout Calls on Community’s Help to Map Locations of AEDs Throughout Chatham

2020-11-25T12:57:27-05:00

Chatham Girl Scout Calls on Community’s Help to Map Locations of AEDs Throughout Chatham

“A Map to the Heart” Launches Just in Time For Heart Health Awareness Month – February

Mikayla Meyler, a senior at Chatham High School and member of the Chatham Emergency Squad, is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project to create a map promoting the locations of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the Chathams.

The project, called “A Map to the Heart,” is created in cooperation with the Chatham Emergency Squad and the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, seeking to raise awareness of the exact locations of the many AEDs in our community. But she needs your help – and is calling on the public’s knowledge to assist her in populating the database, which will be made public on the Chatham Emergency Squad’s website and will inform visitors of where AEDs can be found throughout Chatham Township and Chatham Borough.

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Babbitt honored by Fortune Magazine

2020-11-25T12:55:27-05:00

Babbitt honored by Fortune Magazine

Fortune Magazine selects Dave Babbitt “Hero of the 500”

Fortune’s Heroes of the 500 2014 represents 50 men and women whose personal passions, individual ideals and professional endeavors are transforming communities. All of the selected honorees are employed by Fortune 500 Companies.

Dave was recognized for his work with the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation and his advocacy for the importance of installing Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) in all places of public assembly.

Age: 56
Occupation: Managing Director, Business Development, Global Markets
Company: BNY Mellon
Location: New York, N.Y.

At age 16, John Taylor Babbitt was a three-sport athlete, a dedicated student, and an active member of his Chatham, N.J., church youth ministry. He was “larger than life,” says his father, David. While playing basketball at church one evening in 2006, John Taylor died of sudden cardiac arrest, the result of an undiagnosed genetic disorder. Since then, David and his wife, JoAnne Taylor Babbitt, have championed greater access to automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, which can help someone’s heart re-establish an effective rhythm after a heart attack. “The technology has become so superior that when you open it, it tells you exactly what to do,” David explains, likening the device to having a fire extinguisher at the ready. The couple led a successful push to pass New Jersey’s Good Samaritan Law, which protects people who try to save a life by using a defibrillator from liability. Through the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, they have sponsored AED training for more than 350 people, and granted funds to schools and community-based organizations to purchase the machines. The Babbitts are now lobbying for a law to integrate CPR and AED training into the health curriculum for seniors in high school.

Fortune “Heroes of the 500 2014”

John Taylor Babbitt Foundation
The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation is a non-profit 501c-3 organization founded in John’s memory and dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death. The specific goals of the Foundation are to:
Install defibrillators in schools, athletic venues, and public gathering places.
Establish JTB Heart Clubs in high schools and universities to raise awareness.
Support research on genetic cardiac disorders that increase risk of sudden cardiac death.

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