Wear Red for Women, a Bothwell Foundation committee, recently gave an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Hotel Bothwell.

An AED is a small, lightweight device that allows individuals and first responders to treat sudden cardiac arrest. The machine automatically analyzes the heart rhythm and when appropriate, it delivers an electrical shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm.

Research suggests that bystander action in medical emergencies is crucial to a cardiac arrest victim’s survivability. Take time to acknowledge places you visit and note where the AED is located, in case of an emergency.

Funds to purchase the device were raised during the 2023 Wear Red for Women luncheon and auction. The committee’s goal is to have AEDs in every place people work, learn, play or pray in Sedalia and Pettis County.

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Since the inception of the luncheon event in 2020, 72 AEDs have been placed in or committed to various locations. The 2024 Wear Red for Women event is Feb. 23, 2024, and tickets will be available in January.

From left: Connie McLaughlin and Michele Laas, committee members; Dianne Simon, Thompson Hills Investment Corporation vice president and committee co-chair; Bobbi Luebbert, Hotel Bothwell general manager; Kara Sheeley, committee member; Lori Wightman, Bothwell Regional Health Center CEO and committee co-chair; Robin Balke and Trish Henson, committee members; Leisha Nakagawa, Bothwell Foundation administrative assistant; and Erica Petersen, committee member.

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