Three Pickerington Schools Receive Heart Safe School Accreditation

Fairfield Medical Center and the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation have presented three Pickerington schools – Harmon Middle School, Pickerington Elementary and Violet Elementary – with the Heart Safe School Accreditation.

The accreditation, which is a collaborative effort between SADS, the FMC Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute and the Snider Community Heart Watch at FMC, is granted to schools that meet specific criteria designed to ensure the safety of students and staff who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest. The above mentioned schools met the seven criteria necessary to achieve accreditation. The criteria are as follows:

  • Pediatric sudden cardiac arrest risk assessments
  • Care plans for students with a cardiac medical diagnosis
  • Medical emergency response drills
  • Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available throughout the school
  • CPR trained staff to student ratio of 1:50 or better
  • CPR instruction provided to students as part of the curriculum
  • Education on sudden cardiac arrest in youth provided annually

“It’s fantastic to see the leadership at Pickerington Elementary, Violet Elementary and Harmon Middle Schools take the extra step to keep their students, faculty and visitors safe by participating in the Heart Safe School Accreditation program,” said Bob Williams, supervisor of FMC’s cardiovascular services. “Due to the processes now in place at these locations, staff members are better equipped and more prepared to deal with a cardiac emergency.”

Pickerington Superintendent Rob Walker said the goal is for all the schools in his district to receive the Heart Safe School Accreditation.

“I cannot emphasize how important it is for all of our schools to become Heart Safe School accredited,” Walker said. “Being trained in heart safety can and will save lives. I am so proud of the work Bob Williams and his team have accomplished in the past two years, making Fairfield County schools a safer place because of their efforts.”

To learn more about the Heart Safe School Accreditation, call (740) 689-6893.

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