Beckman Coulter in Chaska recently received the designation of “Heart Safe Community,” a program through the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium, the American Heart Association, the Minnesota Department of Health and a team of statewide organizations.

The designation program aims to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by helping communities assess their preparedness for cardiac emergencies and finding gaps where improvements can be made, according to a press release.

Heart Safe Designation is reached by acquiring points or ‘heartbeats’ based on population size. Heartbeats are given for community awareness programs, CPR training, AED placement and mapping, access to rapid emergency services and progressive hospital systems, and development of community heart healthy activities.

The six-building Beckman Coulter campus Lake Hazeltine has approximately 940 associates, according to a press release. Over 30 percent of associates are now trained on hands-only CPR with the use of an AED. All buildings on campus have at least one registered AED on site.

Key statewide partners in the Heart Safe Designation program are the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium at the University of Minnesota, Allina Health EMS Heart Safe Communities Program, North Memorial Heart Safe Communities Program, Take Heart St. Cloud, Take Heart American and several others.

Any municipality, county or organization is eligible to apply for the Heart Safe designation. Applicants can be determined by geographic locations or organization size. Geographic locations are cities, townships or counties. Separate application and requirements are available for schools or work sites.

While there is no application fee, there are often costs associated with meeting the criteria to become a Heart Safe Community, the release stated.

To learn more about Heart Safe Community Designation, visit www.health.state.mn.us and search heart safe designation. To learn more about free CPR resources, visit www.learnCPRnow.org.

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Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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