Nominations Open For The Rob L. Walker Heart Safe School Champion Award

The national Heart Safe School Accreditation program is accepting nominations for the Rob L. Walker Heart Safe School Champion Award. This annual award is presented by 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.

The award is named after Rob L. Walker, former superintendent of Lancaster City Schools and Pickerington Local Schools. It was Walker who led the accreditation process in both districts, with Pickerington becoming the first school district in the nation to have all its schools accredited.

The Snider Cardiovascular Institute at Fairfield Medical Center and the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation look forward to presenting this award during SADS Awareness Month in October. Nomination forms can be obtained online at StopSADS.org/HSSA or on Fairfield Medical Center’s website at fmchealth.org (click on Our Services, then Snider Cardiovascular Institute to download the nomination form). The deadline is May 31, 2015. Nomination forms can be mailed to: Bob Williams, co-chair of Snider Community Heart Watch, Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing St., Lancaster, OH 43130.

The Heart Safe School Accreditation program is an initiative that came about in 2011 after two young, Lancaster residents survived sudden cardiac arrest. The HSSA began as a pilot in Ohio in 2012. Schools that chose to become involved immediately found there was a lot more they could do to prepare themselves to deal with a medical emergency. The mission of the HSSA program is to assist schools throughout the country to develop skills and knowledge regarding cardiac arrest and emergency drills so that they are better prepared to save lives when these occurrences happen.

For more information about the Rob L. Walker Heart Safe School Champion Award, call Bob Williams at 740-687-8154 or Jan Schiller, director of development and marketing at the SADS Foundation, at 801-531-0937.

Applications can be found downloaded here.

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