VANDALIA—The Audrain County Health Department is donating a defibrillator to the City of Vandalia. The Philips HeartStart™ Automated External Defibrillator will be installed in the Lange Building in Vandalia later this month.
Currently, the ACHD uses the Lange Building to host a foot clinic twice a month and the Women, Infants and Children program on the second Thursday of each month.
“By having an AED in the building 24/7, those individuals using the building for events in the future will have added peace of mind knowing this life-saving device is nearby for their use if a cardiovascular event occurs,” said ACHD Administrator Sandra Hewlett.
The Vandalia Board of Aldermen holds its monthly council meetings at the city-owned building as well.
“We truly appreciate the City of Vandalia allowing us to use the building,” Hewlett added. “This is just our way to repay that partnership and show our appreciation.”
The AED, which is being installed free of charge, is a medical device that delivers an electrical shock, if needed, to a person experiencing an abnormal heart rhythm or cardiac arrest and helps re-establish the person’s normal heart rhythm.
“AEDs are good to have around if you need them,” said Vandalia City Administrator Darren Berry. “It’s a good service to have and a good partnership with county health.”
The Lange Building, at 109 E. Park St. in Vandalia, is used for the Board of Aldermen meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, the ACHD WIC program on the second Thursday of each month and ACHD foot clinics on the first and third Thursdays of each month.