Members of the Project Heart ReStart Committee, healthcare & business leaders, members of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. (Seated front row left to right: Jodi Zerbe, The Christ Hospital Foundation; Mary Carol Melton, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; Alicia Reece, President Hamilton County Commission; Sara Pattison, Rotary Club Executive Director) Second Row (left to right): (Capt. James Schoonover, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; Mary Brandstetter, Committee Member; Jack Scott, Rotary Club Member; Jenny Collopy, VP Marketing The Christ Hospital Health Network; Dr. Bret Betz, UC Health; Steve King, Rotary Club Immediate Past President; Charmaine McGuffey, Hamilton County Sheriff; Bill Hawke, TriHealth, Missy Hendon Deters, President Mercy Health Foundation; Rick Schnipke, Cintas; Kenny Ellis, Cintas; Mark Johnston, EMS Coordinator at The Christ Hospital Health Network; Steven Easley, Committee Member) Back Left Row: (Josh Vogel, Committee Member; Jay Gramke, Chief Deputy Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)

Project Heart Restart Reaches Phase I Fundraising Milestone

Goal is to Place an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in Every Hamilton County Sheriff’s Patrol Vehicle

CINCINNATI (August 31, 2023) – Project Heart ReStart is proud to announce the committee has raised enough money to purchase and install an automated external defibrillator (AED) in every Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. The initial Phase One milestone of $250,000 was announced last Thursday at Sheriff Appreciation Day hosted by The Rotary Club of Cincinnati.

The campaign was kicked off with a $125,000 pledge by the Hamilton County Commissioners. Additionally, local contributors include The Christ Hospital Health Network, Mercy Health, TriHealth, UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s, Cintas and members of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati. Together they have pledged funds towards the purchase of 100 AEDs for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

From May 2022 through May of 2023, there were over 1,200 cardiac event calls to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s patrolled areas, and more than two thirds of those patrol cars did not have an AED in their cruiser. Hamilton County Sheriff deputies are often the first responder to those calls. Only 30 Hamilton County Sheriff cruisers have an AED leaving 100 without these life-saving pieces of medical equipment. Every minute of delay in the use of an AED reduces the survival rate by 7-10%.

Having an AED for our first responders on the scene of a cardiac event has the potential to increases the survival rate from 10% to 40%. Project Heart ReStart is now in Phase II of its campaign in hopes of equipping other law enforcement agencies with AEDs.

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