In the case of a cardiac emergency, time matters. That's why
River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is committed
to working with the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service to
strengthen the chain of survival for local residents.
This morning, the River Falls Area Hospital Foundation
announced a challenge grant to the ambulance service's
campaign to raise the final $7,000 for a life-saving LUCAS
device. The foundation will match every dollar raised at this
Saturday's pig roast, up to $3,500.
"Helping the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service purchase a
LUCAS device will ensure that we are delivering the best
possible care for our patients," explained David Miller,
president of River Falls Area Hospital.
The newest development in cardiac emergency care, the LUCAS
performs chest compressions far more efficiently and
effectively than the most highly trained professionals. This
is important because non-interrupted and steady chest
compressions help keep oxygenated blood flowing consistently
to vital organs like the heart and brain. Perhaps just as
important, the LUCAS frees caregivers' hands so they can
perform other life-saving interventions. And the LUCAS is
extremely portable, so it can be used not only in ambulances
or emergency departments, but also anywhere in the community
where there is a cardiac emergency.
The pig roast is this Saturday, September 14, from 3-8 pm at
the Ellsworth American Legion Hall. Dinner includes pork,
potato salad, coleslaw, beans, pickles, cookies, milk and
coffee. A silent auction and raffle drawings will also be
part of the festivities. Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at
If you can't attend but would still like to make a
contribution, send your check payable to "Ellsworth Area
Ambulance Service" to LUCAS Campaign, Ellsworth Area
Ambulance Service, 151 S Plum St, Ellsworth, WI 54011. For
more information, call 715-273-4879.