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Buffalo Hospital named finalist for Charitable Service Award

BUFFALO, Minn. 10/22/2012--Buffalo Hospital’s Heart Safe Communities collaborative has been named a finalist in Jackson Healthcare’s Hospital Charitable Service Awards, honoring hospitals whose charitable commitment promotes health and wellness in their communities and supporting organizations setting new standards in their outreach efforts.

Heart Safe Communities is a collaborative partnership between area fire departments, emergency medical services, local facilities and Allina Health. The program works to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by providing immediate, onsite access to automated external defibrillator (AED) devices.

The most effective treatment of SCA is an electric shock to the heart, called defibrillation. This shock is administered by an AED, which is traditionally only available through, and administered by paramedics and emergency medical professionals. Through this program, they can be available to more people and save more lives. Earlier access to defibrillation (within 3 to 5 minutes or sooner) from the onset of SCA, can dramatically increase the survival rate.

The Heart Safe program is a partnership between Buffalo Hospital Foundation, Community Engagement and Wellness Services Department, local Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Services and various community organizations. The hospital conducts frequent, comprehensive training on the usage of the devices and is seen as a trustworthy partner in the community.

As a result, over 375 AED’s have been placed throughout the community to date.

"These programs demonstrate an overwhelming compassion for those in the community who don't have access to adequate and timely healthcare," said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, chairman of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards Program. "They stand out among many great charitable initiatives by impacting their communities in tangible, remarkable and unmistakable ways."

Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Service Awards in 2010 to identify programs that stand out by impacting their communities in tangible, remarkable and unmistakable ways. Jackson Healthcare also uses the awards to cultivate a community of charitable hospitals that want to encourage and learn from one another, and establish best practices.

Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in at least one of the following five criteria areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and best practice.

Ten of the forty finalists will be named Charitable Service Award in February 2013. Buffalo was one of two Minnesota hospitals named as finalists for the award.

About Buffalo Hospital and Allina Health

Buffalo Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in and around Wright County. Located just west of the Twin Cities, Buffalo Hospital provides exceptional patient-centered care to nearly 70,000 patients every year.

Allina Health (formerly Allina Hospitals & Clinics) is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org.

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