How Providence Bridge Pedal helps save lives

September 01, 2010
Our community is safer thanks to the many thousands of participants who join us each August for Providence Bridge Pedal and Stride.

A portion of the proceeds from registration fees is being used to help save the lives of people suffering cardiac arrest.

The contributions support Providence Heart and Vascular Institute's community AED program.

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a portable device used to restore normal heart rhythm to people in cardiac arrest - a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical response. The heart institute donates AEDs to organizations and to facilities where large groups of people gather.

"In the community at large, an initial responder to a cardiac arrest can greatly increase the patient's chance of survival with a properly employed AED," says Diane Reiner, quality/program development manager at Providence Heart and Vascular Institute.

Thanks to the AED program, these organizations are now equipped with at least one defibrillator:  
Ascension Catholic Church, Portland 
 · Cooper Spur Ski Patrol Association, Hood River 
 · David Douglas High School, Portland 
 · De La Salle North Catholic High School, Portland 
 · Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro 
 · Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Portland 
 · Immanuel Lutheran Church, Portland 
 · Milwaukie Lutheran Church 
 · Mountain View Middle School, Newberg 
 · My Father's House Community Shelter, Gresham 
 · New Song Community Church, Portland 
 · Oregon City elementary schools 
 · Parkrose High School, Portland 
 · Rockwood Grange #323, Gresham 
 · St. Anthony's Church, Tigard 
 · Walt Morey Middle School, Troutdale

The 2011 Providence Bridge Pedal will be held on Aug. 14.