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News Release: 1/13/2021

VALDESE – Burke Hospice & Palliative Care recently received a $1,500 gift from the Beatrice Cobb Trust. The funds will be used to replace and outdated automated external defibrillator (AED) and assist in the cost of training staff on the equipment. 
An AED is used during emergency, cardiac situations, said Burke Hospice & Palliative Care Community Nurse Liaison Bobbie Self, and can be administered by any staff member – even non-medical – who are trained on the equipment. The AED is a newer model, but identical to the organization’s previous equipment. It came with a metal box for storage and a prep kit to aid in administering CPR.

“The new AED will replace our 12-year-old (recently recalled) and obsolete one,” Self said. “We have placed the new AED in the middle building on campus for use in case of emergency. All staff who are CPR certified will be trained on the AED.”
“For more than 50 years the Beatrice Cobb Trust has given back and supported its community,” said Burke Hospice & Palliative Care Business Development Manager Kerri McFalls. “Ms. Cobb had a passion for her community and its healthcare needs. This gift from her trust aligns with the vision she had many years ago and we are honored to continue her legacy as a 2020 recipient of funds.”

Founded more than 35 years by a handful of faithful volunteers, Burke Hospice & Palliative Care provides high quality end-of-life care to Burke and surrounding counties. Today, the organization serves more than 200 patients a day in our programs.

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