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All 237 public high schools now have CPR in Schools training kits thanks to the generous gift to AHA by the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance in 2016. MHCA funded an additional 176 CPR training kits to complete the 2014 Mississippi State Legislature’s unfunded mandate to provide CPR training in Mississippi high schools. The CPR kits will be used by school nurses and teachers to train the high school students. Training students begins March 2017 and will continue throughout the end of the year. The CPR training kits will be usable for several years thus providing a new generation of Mississippians with the lifesaving skills of CPR.
Why CPR Training In Schools Is Important
- Prepare young people to do CPR
- Help high schools meet the CPR legislation
- Increase CPR bystander rate in communities
Dr. Harper Stone, President of MS Healthcare Alliance, accepts American College of Cardiology award on behalf of MS Chapter ACC for its excellence in data, information and knowledge, and transformation of care in 2014.
The award was presented by Dr. Thad Waites and Dr. Barry Bertolet at the MHCA Statewide Symposium June 2015.
Thad F. Waites, MD, FACC, a board-certified cardiologist with Hattiesburg Clinic Cardiology, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
The ACC is a professional organization that works to improve cardiovascular health through education, research, quality care and health policy. As a member of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Waites is one of 31 elected members who govern the college and are responsible for managing all business to help carry out the organization’s mission.
Waites was elected to the board in 2014 to serve a five-year term. In his previous term on the board, Waites served ex-officio as secretary of the college and chairman of the board of governors.
Waites practices interventional cardiology with an emphasis on catheter-based treatment of heart diseases. He is currently director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Forrest General Hospital.
Read the story at the American College of Cardiology.