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For release: November 13, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General and American Red Cross partner to offer free CPR and AED training
Sessions offer chance to learn life-saving skills

Akron General and the American Red Cross are teaming up again to offer free hands-only CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training on Save-a-Life Super Saturday, November 16. Sessions are available at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Health & Wellness Center – West, 4125 Medina Rd., Montrose; and 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Health & Wellness Center – North, 4300 Allen Rd., Stow. Now you or your friends and family can get the knowledge and skills in just 45 minutes to be ready to respond quickly should a loved one or friend collapse from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Sessions will consist of hands-only CPR instruction and a demonstration on how to use an AED, led by a Red Cross Instructor and a health professional from the Akron General Heart & Vascular Center who will also discuss the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest. During the class, participants will use mannequins to practice newly learned CPR techniques. It’s the best investment of 45 minutes you’ll ever make. Please register by calling 330-344-2462.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

About the American Red Cross
The Northeast Ohio Region of the American Red Cross is comprised of 13 community chapters. Together, we serve 22 counties and their 4.5 million residents by preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

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