Dr. Daniel I. Simon, president of UH Medical Centers, received University Circle Inc.’s Stephanie Tubbs Jones Neighborhood Leadership Award for training 300 to 400 residents and employees in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator. 

The award commended the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, in partnership with UH EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness Institute, for training 300 to 400 residents and employees of University Circle organizations in hands-only CPR and AED administration in the summer of 2018. 

The organizations included the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Institute of Art and Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University. Training consisted of a 2½-hour classroom session and 30 minutes of hands-on training with mannequins. While outside of University Circle, UH also trained 200 to 300 “red coat” volunteers at Playhouse Square.

“King County, Washington EMS led the way in studying survival rates of cardiac arrest patients who received bystander CPR and defibrillation versus those who didn’t,” Simon said. “Based on their outcomes, we know that training community members in these lifesaving techniques can have an immensely positive impact on survival of sudden cardiac arrests that occur outside of hospitals.”

UCI also honored Simon and UH’s EMS Institute for their “Stop the Bleed” training initiative from the Department of Homeland Security. Its goal is to train teachers and the public in bleeding control techniques to assist severely bleeding persons. Under the direction of Dan Ellenberger, the institute’s director, Stop the Bleed has trained more than 5,000 teachers and school staff members in 21 counties throughout Northeast Ohio.

UH EMS Institute has donated more than 5,000 emergency “go-buckets” to more than 100 school districts in the communities UH serves. Each bucket contains essential supplies to be used during an active shooter or other traumatic event. Earlier this year, Ellenberger accepted a national award – the 2018 EMS10: Innovators Award – for developing and implementing the Go-Bucket program.

“I was just a representative of UH when I accepted the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Neighborhood Leadership Award,” Simon said. “It’s an incredible honor and privilege to represent UH, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and UH EMS Institute as they are recognized for these important initiatives.”

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