(LOS ANGELES, CA – June 3, 2014) — In honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is collaborating with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, local hospitals, and emergency healthcare providers to teach residents how to save a life with hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This service is free to the public and will be held in various locations across Los Angeles County, with the goal of increasing the number of lifesavers in the community. Last year, more than 7,000 people learned how to save a life in just five minutes; this year, the goal is to train at least 10,000 more.

Avanti Hospitals will join these efforts by hosting Hands-Only CPR training on Thursday, June 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at two of its facilities: Coast Plaza Hospital at 13100 Studebaker Road in Norwalk (in the parking lot nearest to Studebaker Road), and Community Hospital of Huntington Park at 2623 East Slauson Avenue in Huntington Park (in the parking lot to the right of the hospital, facing Slauson Avenue).

Participants will learn the basics and proper techniques of Hands-Only CPR and have the opportunity to practice on mannequins.

“Most cardiac emergencies happen at home, yet most people feel helpless to act because they do not know how to administer CPR,” says Edward Mirzabegian, Corporate Chief Executive Officer of Avanti Hospitals. “Our goal is to make sure that everyone who participates in this event leaves with the skills to save a life during a cardiac emergency,” he said.

Cardiac arrests are more common than many think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 400,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur annually and many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease. Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths. In fact, less than three percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. On the other hand, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. By using Hands-Only CPR, bystanders can still act to improve the odds of survival, whether they are trained in conventional CPR or not.

About Avanti Hospitals

The Avanti Hospitals, LLC system consists of four acute care community hospitals in south eastern Los Angeles, California: 172-bed Memorial Hospital of Gardena, 127-bed East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, 117-bed Coast Plaza Hospital, and 81-bed Community Hospital of Huntington Park. Avanti’s mission is to continue their hospitals’ longstanding tradition of improving the overall health of the communities they serve by providing affordable, high-quality healthcare services with consistency and compassion. For more information, visit Avanti online at www.avantihospitals.com.

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