Heart Safe Champions Presented With Award From FMC, SADS

Rob Walker Heart SafeOn Oct. 12, Sharon Schmitz, district health supervisor for Pickerington Local Schools, was presented with the Rob L. Walker Heart Safe School Champion Award during a Pickerington School Board meeting. On Oct. 19, two more individuals, Somer Thagard and Leigh Priano, both of Granville, also received the award during a Granville Exempted Village School Board meeting.

The Rob L. Walker Heart Safe School Champion Award is presented annually by the Snider Community Heart Watch at Fairfield Medical Center and the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation to recognize individuals who are dedicated to making schools safer and better prepared for those who have heart conditions. Walker is the former superintendent of Lancaster City Schools and Pickerington Local Schools and was on hand to present all three awards.

Schmitz received the award for taking charge when Pickerington Local Schools decided to be accredited as “heart safe” through the Heart Safe Schools Accreditation program, a joint effort between Fairfield Medical Center’s Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute, the Snider Community Heart Watch at FMC and the SADS Foundation. Pickerington became the first district in the nation to have all of its schools accredited.

Thagard and Priano received the award for assisting Granville Local Schools through the Heart Safe School Accreditation process last May. Walker said they worked tirelessly behind the scenes for five months until all of the schools in the district were accredited.

The Rob L. Walker Heart Safe School Champion Award is presented every October as part of SADS Awareness Month. To nominate someone for this award, contact Bob Williams, manager of diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular services at FMC, at 740-687-8154 or Jan Schiller, director of development and marketing at the SADS Foundation, at 801-531-0937.

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