Six Concho Valley school districts working to save lives

The American Heart Association and San Angelo Community Medical Center have partnered to help prevent heart disease and educated young adults in schools in and around San Angelo on bystander CPR. 

Six Concho Valley school districts will receive CPR in Schools training kits equipped with tools and resources necessary for Texas schools to meet the psychomotor skill-based hands only CPR training required before a student graduates.

Through a three-year commitment to the American Heart Association, the two organizations will focus on improving the bystander rate of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in Concho Valley, while educating and promoting healthy lifestyle choices that can help reduce 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The commitment will place a total of 12 CPR in schools training kits in schools, impacting an estimated 3,500 students.

“We believe in preparing students to lead a happy and healthy life, and that’s why we think it’s important to give students the skills they need to help save someone’s life with CPR. Teaching students CPR before they graduate puts qualified lifesavers in our community, year after year, ensuring the next generation of Concho Valley lifesavers.” stated Dr. Michael Blanc, interventional cardiologist for SACMC, in a press release.

School districts receiving the kits include: San Angelo, Christoval, Water Valley, Wall, Grape Creek and Veribest.