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  • In 2004 Allina Health developed the Heart Safe Communities Program to reduce the number of people who die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest every day.  Since its inception many communities have been designated and countless lives saved. As the program continues to grow, so has our partnership. The MN Department of Health designates Cities, Counties, schools and businesses in Minnesota as Heart Safe.  Check to see if your Community has been designated as Heart Safe at the MDH website. If the place you Live, Work or Play has not been designated yet, we can help make that happen!

    Cub Foods

    Thanks to a unique partnership between Heart Safe Communities and Cub Foods, automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are now in 77 Cub locations throughout the region.

    In addition, Allina Health Emergency Medical Services has trained at least five employees from each store in AED use and basic CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

    Surviving sudden cardiac arrest at the grocery store: Wendell's story

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    The partnership between Heart Safe Communities and Cub Foods begins with the story of Wendell Mogren.

    At 7 a.m. on May 11, 2006, Mogren, 62, was out for a walk in his New Brighton, Minnesota, neighborhood. Halfway through, he stopped at a nearby Cub Foods store.

    "I usually get a cup of coffee or a drink of water and keep walking," says Mogren. "That morning, my heart stopped right there in the store, and I passed out in Aisle 15."

    A bakery worker spotted the unconscious Mogren and called a Code Blue.

  • expand to learn more Read the rest of Wendell's story.

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport

    In 2002, emergency teams responded to more than 2,000 medical calls at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, many of them cardiac related. In 2003, 65 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were installed throughout the main airport complex and surrounding airport locations.

    Their installation and maintenance is the result of a partnership among United Hospital Foundation, Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, the Medtronic Foundation, Minneapolis Airport Foundation and the Metropolitan Airport Commission Fire Department.