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Camp Aldersgate Becomes First Heart-SAFE Project ADAM Designated Camp in the Nation

Leading the Way in Cardiac Emergency Preparedness for Camps Nationwide

Camp Aldersgate proudly announces its designation as the first Heart-SAFE Project ADAM Camp in the nation. This significant achievement underscores the camp’s commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for all campers and staff.

Outreach Coordinator at Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute, Charles Wooley, BSN, RN IV, CPEN, Paramedic, emphasized the importance of this designation: “It is significant that Camp Aldersgate became the first Heart-Safe designated Project ADAM Camp in the nation. Life threatening emergencies must be treated with a fast response, and Aldersgate proved that high-quality, lifesaving interventions can be delivered all throughout the camp rapidly.”

The designation became effective last Thursday after a simulation with the Little Rock Fire Department, Arkansas Children’s nurses, MEMS and Aldersgate staff, following extensive training and preparation. The staff and nurses have developed a comprehensive emergency response plan, formed a skilled response team, and conducted numerous practice drills to ensure that they are ready to handle cardiac emergencies swiftly and effectively.

Luke Nipper, Director of Programs at Camp Aldersgate, said it was important for the organization to become designated. “As a camp that serves children and young adults with special needs and medical conditions, it is key that we provide the quickest emergency response times possible. This training prepares our team in the event of cardiac arrest,” said Nipper.

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) is a national program dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death through education and the implementation of life-saving programs for schools and organizations.

Camp Aldersgate’s new Heart-SAFE status means that the camp is equipped with the necessary tools and trained personnel to respond to cardiac emergencies quickly, increasing the chances of survival for those affected.

According to the American Heart Association, “Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.”

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