NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Evanston Hospital has donated an automated external defibrillator to the City of Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl thanked the hospital’s president, J.P. Gallagher, at a ceremony at the center Thursday afternoon, saying “Evanston Hospital has been an excellent example of a community leader through its commitment to the health and well being of all our residents. The Automated External Defibrillator they donated to the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center is indicative of NorthShore’s commitment to saving lives.”

“At NorthShore University HealthSystem we understand the importance of meeting the health care needs of our communities beyond the walls of our four hospitals,” Gallagher said. “That’s why we are pleased to donate an Automated External Defibrillator to the City of Evanston that will be placed at the Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center. While we hope this AED will never have to be used, it’s reassuring to know that it may someday help to save a life.”

The defibrillator unit typically sells for about $2,200.

This donation is just one example of the investment Evanston Hospital has made to the community, Tisdahl said. In 1996, they partnered with Evanston Township High School and the city to establish a school based health clinic. “The Health Center continues to provide care for chronic and acute illnesses, health education and disease prevention, reproductive health care, psychological counseling and laboratory testing for most conditions.”

During the 2008-2009 school year, the school-based health clinic saw over 900 students, nearly a third of those enrolled.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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