staying powerHEART ATTACK



UHS Wilson Medical Center has been recognized for its efforts to respond quickly to any heart attack that may occur in its facilities. Staff are specially trained and equipped to respond with a portable defibrillator, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other approaches to save someone in cardiac arrest.

As a result, UHS has received two-year accreditation as a HEARTSafe workplace as part of a nationwide initiative to help more people survive sudden cardiac arrest. The accreditation is based on several factors, including the number of staff trained in using an automated external defibrillator (AED) and the number trained in advanced cardiovascular life support, pediatric advanced life support and CPR.  

In addition, accredited hospitals have well-tested emergency response plans in the event a patient, visitor or employee has a heart attack, and they offer prevention and education programs to staff and the public.

Brandon Azoulai, systems analyst in Nursing Administration, is also an emergency medical technician on Harpur’s Ferry, the student ambulance at Binghamton University, and helped launch the HEARTSafe program on that campus. He has been instrumental in helping UHS gain accreditation for its program.

“When a cardiac arrest happens, it’s a matter of every second counting,” Mr. Azoulai says. “When there are more bystanders who know CPR, the safer our community becomes.”