Medstar Supervisor Jason Jay discusses how to use an AED with a veterans’ group.

Medstar Supervisor Jason Jay discusses how to use an AED with a veterans’ group.

It’s National CPR and AED Awareness Week, and to teach more people CPR and how to use AEDs, Medstar offers grants that provide AEDs and CPR training to schools, churches, and other nonprofit and civic organizations in its service areas.

Since 2015, Medstar has donated 40 AEDs and trained 1,300 people in CPR.   

AEDs are used to help someone who is having a sudden cardiac arrest and also can restore a heartbeat if the heart suddenly stops. 

“AEDs are very accurate, and with a few hours of training, anyone can learn to operate an AED safely,” says Kolby Miller, Medstar CEO. “CPR is also an effective lifesaving procedure that is relatively simple to learn.”   

You can use CPR when someone has stopped breathing, or their heart has stopped beating. CPR helps keep oxygen flowing to the brain and other vital organs until further measures are available. 

To learn more about Medstar’s AED and CPR grant program or to apply for one, go to

About Medstar

Medstar is Southern Michigan’s largest and most integrated 911 EMS and mobile healthcare provider, serving more than 190,000 patients annually throughout lower Michigan. Created in 1993 by two local hospitals committed to quality EMS, the nonprofit agency serves communities in nine counties. The stakeholder health systems include Ascension-Michigan, Henry Ford Health System, and the McLaren Healthcare Corporation. For more information, visit


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