american heart association
Petition to John Meiners, Chief of Mission Aligned Businesses, Larry Cannon, Chief Administrative Officer, Suzie Upton, Chief Operating Officer
Repeal the American Heart Association's decision to increase CPR cards by more than 700%!
In October 2017, the American Heart Association made a bold decision that was seemingly driven by greed. With no warning or notice to Training Centers or ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) Instructors, the AHA increased the cost of certification cards for CPR/AED and First Aid courses by more than 700%! This change came despite the fact that physical cards are being replaced by e-cards. So while the processing cost and overhead has gone down, the AHA has responded with a massive price hike, forcing instructors to pass those charges on to their students. This price increase has made it impossible for instructors dedicated to the AHA’s mission of "....reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020" to continue offering affordable CPR/AED and First Aid training in their communities. Those who were previously committed to sharing their knowledge of critical lifesaving skills in an attempt to save precious lives are now finding that they can no longer afford to teach these courses to the general public. Training Centers are already closing as a result of this change, and fewer people are becoming certified as rescuers who can respond when someone suffers from sudden cardiac arrest or other life-threatening emergencies. This could mean the difference between life and death for a heart attack victim, and is counterproductive to every mission statement and goal ever released by the American Heart Association. I ask each and every one of you to please put yourselves in the shoes of a friend or family member of someone who experiences sudden cardiac arrest and ask yourself, “Would you want someone there who was trained in the skills that could save the life of your loved one?” If your answer to this question is yes, please consider signing this petition so that I and other instructors can continue our dedicated and passionate work of getting these skills into the hands of everyone who wishes to learn them, and at an affordable cost! The executives of the AHA (many of whom make greater than $500,000 per year) are continuously advocating that healthcare organizations and pharmaceutical companies are following their “moral obligation” to ensure that patients have affordable access to the care that they need. Isn’t it about time that the AHA does the same and upholds their mission? AHA applauds corporations for commitments they themselves are unwilling to make
Petition to American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Robin Kelly, Christian Mitchell, Elgie Sims, Marcus Evans, Dick Durbin, Tammy Duckworth
My brother could have lived - Support AEDs in public businesses
My 26 year old brother, Jessie Hayes, died on Sunday, December 17, 2017 inside of a Hammond, Indiana IHOP. When paramedics arrived to the Hammond, Indiana IHOP almost 20 minutes after the 911 call was placed, Jessie was in cardiac arrest, unresponsive and had no pulse. My brother could have lived if there was an AED Defibrillator installed in that IHOP location. The State of Indiana does not mandate public businesses to have an AED Defibrillator unless the business is a health club or a doctor's office. What happens if an employee of a restaurant goes into cardiac arrest and the business is not mandated to have an AED? Will the employee become another "Jessie"? Will a customer become another "Jessie"? Please help me to fight to mandate that all public businesses have an AED Defibrillator installed and that at least one employee is trained and certified in basic life support. My brother was a beloved Supervisor at UPS Hodgkins, IL and left behind his family (including his six-year old son). No family should experience this kind of loss. Let's help to save lives, one life at a time.