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Allina Health donates to LUCAS for Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service

ELLSWORTH, Wis. 09/09/2013

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 the door.

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.

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