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Hadassah Takes Heart




      40 men and women leaned intently over their mannequins, pushing down on their “chests” and singing “Stayin’ Alive” under their breaths as volunteer instructor, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Officer Chris West made the rounds of the pairs. It was the first class held of a new program called Hadassah Takes Heart.

In celebration of Hadassah’s 100th year, the women of Tampa Ameet Hadassah are making available classes in Bystander CPR and use of an AED to other groups in the County. A $2,000 grant from the Jewish Federation made it possible to purchase the mannequins through the American Heart Association, whose program CPR Anytime is being used for all 9th graders in Hillsborough County. Two officers from the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Robert Marschall and Chris West have offered to teach gratis, while with Dr. Joel Strom, a cardiologist at UF in Jacksonville, advised on grant writing. When asked why she came to Hadassah Takes Heart, one woman said, “My husband and I are in our 50s now and despite being frequent Y members, we know we’re not invincible anymore.”

Hadassah is planning to partner with synagogues, schools, churches, and Scouts.

“Hadassah Takes Heart coordinates perfectly with Hadassah’s mission to promote good health, attract new members, partner with other groups, and support medical care and research,” says Jane Strom, HTH Committee member.

For more information on this wonderful program contact Meral Ginsberg at meralgins@gmail.com





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