Mended Hearts members and instructors/students at Aiken Technical College are excited about the contributions given by Mended Hearts.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
AIKEN, S.C. -- Mended Hearts of Aiken County toured Aiken Technical College’s health sciences facilities to see firsthand how their donations are making a difference.
“I enjoy seeing the students,” Mended Hearts Vice President Steve Czaikowski said after the tour. “It gives me confidence in the community and it’s nice to know we are training care givers right here at home.”
A group of approximately 10 members from the organization toured the nursing lab, new paramedic classroom and visited with the Sim Man and Sim Baby--two recently acquired state-of-the-art training devices--while on campus. Thanks to the contributions of the Mended Hearts organization, many improvements and upgrades have been made to almost every medical classroom on campus.
This year Mended Hearts’ contribution was used to purchase learning aids for the College, including course material that allowed ATC to offer a new ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification, AED (automatic external defibrillator) simulators and simulation mannequins.
“The ACLS certification allows students to be more familiar with the process around cardiac arrest,” Instructor Hannah Williams said. “It allows them to work in any critical care area.”
Mended Hearts is a national non-profit organization. The organization is made up of heart disease patients that want to give back to the community after their experiences. The organization contributed $3,000 to Aiken Technical College in November, 2011 and has donated over $27,000 since 2007.