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November 8, 2011

Billings Clinic Community Training Center Receives national recognition

Billings, MT— Billings Clinic Community Training Center is the recipient of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association’s 2011 Public Spirit Award. SCAA commends the work of the training center for its initiatives in placing more than 50 AEDs in last two years from PAD program, conducting the annual "CPR Saturday" program and for extensive reach in training adults and high school students in CPR and AED training with focus on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) awareness and other focus areas including cardiovascular health and peripheral artery disease (PAD) programs.

"This year's award recipients have made a significant mark in the fight to increase survivability from SCA. Whether through public policy, emergency medicine, or community initiatives, these honorees have strategically influenced the public's understanding of SCA," said Jeffrey G. Micklos, chairman of SCAA. "The far-reaching efforts of our honorees have yielded positive results that we hope are replicated by communities, public officials, volunteers and medical professionals across the country."

The SCAA presented this award during the SCAA Awards Dinner on Saturday, September 24, 2011 during the annual meeting weekend in Minneapolis, MN. Kristi Deckard, Manager of the Billings Clinic CTC and Barb Diehl, Director of Nursing Quality, Practice and Magnet attended the dinner and accepted the award on behalf of Billings Clinic.

SCAA is the nation’s largest advocacy organization exclusively dedicated to SCA education, awareness and prevention. Founded in 2005 by a group of SCA survivors, we have quickly grown to include 54 chapters and a nationwide volunteer network of well over 5,000.

Billings Clinic’s Community Training Center is the largest training center in Montana. The Training Center staff members are all community members current on Emergency Cardiovascular Care programs. With their experienced staff, they are able to offer a wide variety of classes in traditional class settings or convenient online training.

Classes are based on the American Heart Association's (AHA) guidelines and include:

  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • Basic First Aid
  • BLAST (Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training)
  • CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) - Basic Life Support
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)

The community training center has a significant presence in the region. Last year, they trained 28,283 adults basic and advanced skills and taught 1700 high school students basic CPR skills.

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