During sudden cardiac arrest, the first few minutes can have a significant impact on a person’s outcome. That’s why Hudson Hospital & Clinic provides important CPR skills for Hudson Middle School students throughout the year. On December 5 and 6, a total of 430 sixth graders learned valuable CPR instruction as part of their health classes. CPR Instructors from Hudson Hospital & Clinic provided instruction and hands-on training using the American Heart Association's CPR Anytime learning kits. Funding to purchase the kits was provided through a grant to Hudson Hospital Foundation by the Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.
Students learned the core skills of CPR with their own personal kits during class and were instructed to go home and train family and friends with their kits so that even more people can be trained in the lifesaving skills of CPR. Health teachers at Hudson Middle School include: Susan Dahl, Tim Scharfenberg, Jackie Gundersen, and Ryan Jamieson. Susan Dahl, health instructor, shared her thoughts, “We are most fortunate to have such a wonderful community connection with Hudson Hospital & Clinic. The 6th grade students at Hudson Middle School were impressed and grateful for the generosity of the Andersen Foundation grant that allowed each of them to take home a training kit for CPR. Not only did they learn how to perform CPR, they have a gift to give their families that goes above and beyond the classroom.”