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Community Heart Watch Advocating for Awareness

The Community Heart Watch, formed in partnership with Fairfield Medical Center, was created with one mission in mind: to save lives across the region. This committee of local healthcare providers, educators, first responders and economic leaders is determined to improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates throughout southeastern Ohio by:

Learn more about how you can become a hero.

Friends of the Community

In addition to FMC and regional first responders, local organizations have joined the cause by receiving their Heart Safe Business Accreditation through Fairfield Medical Center’s education program. This program was designed to provide lifesaving training to the staff and personnel of participating businesses, allowing them to administer emergency care until first responders arrive.

Heart Safe Accredited Businesses and Schools:

  • Fairfield Federal Savings & Loan
  • Park National Bank
  • Fairfield Center for disAbilities and Cerebral Palsy
  • Stebelton Snider
  • Fairfield County Utilities
  • Fairfield County Job and Family Services
  • Kumler Collision & Automotive
  • Lancaster-Fairfield County Community Action Agency
  • Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce
  • Fisher Catholic High School
  • Berne Union Local Schools
  • General Sherman Junior High

To learn more about becoming a Heart Safe Business, contact FMC’s community outreach coordinator at 740-687-6929, or view our Heart Safe Business Accreditation Toolkit.

Great Save Spotlight

Community Heart Watch Recognizes Lancaster Man for Lifesaving Intervention

The Lancaster Fire Department, Fairfield Medical Center and Community Heart Watch recently came together at Deb’s Corner Café in Lancaster to recognize a staff member from the restaurant whose quick action helped save a life.

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Fairfield Co. Wins $5,000 Grant in AED Pulsepoint Contest

Fairfield Medical Center’s Community Heart Watch Committee is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the PulsePoint Foundation, money that will be used to purchase AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for public safety staff and the community.

Community Heart Watch Receives $9,950 Grant from Fairfield Co. Foundation

Fairfield Medical Center and Community Heart Watch – a committee dedicated to raising awareness and improving survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – recently received a $9,950 grant from the Fairfield County Foundation that will be used for education and the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for the community.

Lancaster Teen Recognized by Lancaster Fire Department, FMC for Heroic Actions

The Lancaster Fire Department, Fairfield Medical Center and FMC Community Heart Watch came together during Festival Fair Day on July 24 to recognize a local teenager whose quick action helped save the life of his grandmother.

Educators Save Life of Local Student, Recognized for Taking Action

On April 27, Fairfield Medical Center and the Community Heart Watch committee recognized seven Lancaster City Schools staff members for their lifesaving actions during a medical emergency in January 2021.

A Grateful Heart – Darlene’s Heart Story

A team approach and personalized care made Monroe County resident Darlene Winland feel right at home at FMC following an unexpected cardiac arrest.

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Heart of the Community – Scott’s Heart Care Story

Sudden cardiac arrest survivor Scott Hardwick nearly died multiple times in one day, but the quick thinking and action of his caregivers saved his life.

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FMC Recognizes Lifesaving Efforts at Matt Taylor Kia

Fairfield Medical Center and the Greenfield Township Fire Department recognized the lifesaving efforts of staff at Matt Taylor Kia.

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Over 100 Students at Bloom Carroll High School Received CPR Training

On Friday, Dec. 20, Fairfield Medical Center and the Greenfield Township Fire Department worked together to accomplish a common goal: to increase CPR awareness in the community.

FMC Recognizes First Responders

Recently, members of Fairfield Medical Center’s cardiac and emergency response team hit the road to honor some of their greatest teammates in the region: first responders.

How Can I Help?

Join the cause and do your part to improve SCA survival rates in your community by:

Being an advocate for awareness is an important step of saving lives: recognition and a rapid response are proven to increase survival rates.

  • Talking with your employer and loved ones about participating in hands-on CPR education.

For more information on CPR education for your business, contact FMC community educator Resa Tobin at

Video Contest Winners Student Submissions

Community Heart Watch recently hosted a CPR video contest, and the results are in! Two winners were chosen, and each took home the top prize of $500 for their winning video submissions. Congratulations, everyone!

The videos, which promoted hands-only CPR training and AED use, were judged with a 50% focus on educational value and accuracy and a 50% focus on entertainment value and creativity. Thank you to all participants for raising awareness and encouraging bystanders to make a difference!

CPR Education

  • Interested in finding a certified CPR course for yourself or loved ones? Learn more about CPR classes.
  • Interested in pursuing CPR training for your workplace? Learn more about our Heart Safe accreditation.