St. Marys Cement donation brings defibrillator and ECG to St. Marys ER

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Surrounding the St. Marys hospital’s new Zoll defibrillator (centre) are, from left, back row, St. Marys Cement plant manager Jose Soraggi, senior representative for people and management Debbie Munro, manager of people and development Vanessa Barr, hospital manager Jane Rundle, hospital foundation chair John McIntosh, Dr. Bob Davis, registered nurse Elaine Manley and registered nurse Janet van Koot, holding the new ECG. Front row are Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance President and CEO Andrew Williams and registered nurse Marcy Taylor.
By Dan Rankin
Monday morning in St. Marys Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, officials from St. Marys Cement got the chance to take a look at two vital pieces of life-saving equipment that are now here and operational thanks to their $50,000 to the hospital foundation’s Someone I Know capital campaign.
The two portable machines are a defibrillator, by medical technology company Zoll, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine by Philips.
St. Marys doctor Bob Davis called the new defibrillator “probably the most beneficial life-saving pieces equipment,” in the hospital. “It can actually save a life,” he said. “It can actually bring someone back from the dead, basically.”
Hospital foundation chair John McIntosh said they try to match up the funds that someone or some group would like to donate with a specific piece of equipment or project. “This was a perfect fit for St. Marys Cement,” he said. “It was something they wanted to do. They wanted to have a piece of equipment they could say that that’s theirs.”
St. Marys Cement plant manager Jose Soraggi said they were aware of the need for such a piece of equipment at the hospital and were happy to make a donation to the cause. “The hospital found that this would be the best machine to acquire, so St. Marys Cement contributed the funds for that,” he said.
Dr. Davis was excited about the many applications the new defibrillator will now be able to serve in critical situations in the emergency room. “If someone comes in with a heart attack, it will tell us what rhythm their heart is beating at, help us revert that rhythm to normal and hopefully save the patient,” he said. “It can also be used for someone who passes out because of funny rhythm that doesn’t let the heart pump to their brain. We can put this on and it makes the heart pump at the right rate.”