Our Initiatives

Here are some of the highlights of the work done by the South Denver Heart Center Foundation:

Helping Manage the COVID Pandemic with Pulse Oximeters

Pulse Oximeter is a small device that clips onto your finger and measures your blood’s oxygen level. Many people with COVID-19 have low oxygen levels, even when they are feeling well. Low oxygen levels can be a significant early warning sign that people need medical attention. In December of 2020, during a considerable spike in COVID cases, the SDHC foundation was honored to donate 185 pulse oximeter units to the Emergency Department at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Chief Operations Officer Geoff Lawton says, “We now have the means to discharge sub-acute COVID patients with home oxygen and an oximeter to preserve hospital capacity to continue to serve those most in need in the community.”

Saving Lives With Automated External Defibrillator AED's

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) AED’s are a lightweight battery-operated, portable device that can be a critical early life-saving piece of equipment that does not require any training. When applied to the chest, this device is an intelligent machine that can evaluate and determine a lethal heart rhythm that has caused a cardiac arrest and correct the abnormal rhythm with an electrical shock.  When an AED is used during a cardiac arrest in conjunction with CPR, it can increase the cardiac arrest survival rate by 40-70%.  In 2019 the South Denver Heart Center Foundation donated an AED to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In addition to presenting an AED, the Foundation provided a Hands-Only CPR class to all its employees.

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Partnering With Our Local EMS Agencies

Saline Coolers: Access to ice-cold saline allows Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers to start life-saving measures for patients suffering from cardiac arrest and other life-threatening conditions by cooling down the patient’s body temperature – inducing hypothermia treatment on the way to the emergency room. In 2009-2010 South Denver Heart Center Foundation made donations of these life-saving coolers to numerous EMS departments in our community.

Educating our Community To Save Lives

Hands-Only CPR classes: Nearly 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside the hospital every year. If CPR is initiated immediately, the chance of survival can double or triple. Bystander Hands-Only CPR has been proven to save lives. Because of the Foundation’s support, our “Hands-Only CPR” courses offered monthly are free to the public. The class teaches students to recognize an unconscious victim and how to perform compression’s only CPR. Classes involve a brief lecture, watching a video, and practicing on a CPR manikin.

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Wellness And Nutrition Classes For The Community

Wellness & Lifestyle Classes: Education plays an essential role for patients in the cardiac rehabilitation program and community members. We provide classes on lifestyle changes to benefit health and well-being. The Foundation provides the funding that allows us to provide these classes free of charge to our community members to teach skills necessary to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Providing Online Continuing Education To Health Care Providers

Continued Education for Healthcare Providers: In cooperation with the Centura Health Pre-Hospital Services, education is essential for our community’s health care partners. We offer online continuing education seminars four times a year to provide information on new and existing treatments and techniques in cardiovascular care.