February is American Heart Month, and at SHUMC we have a group of volunteers called

HEARTSAVERS. This term used by the American Heart Association is for lay persons who have taken training in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the use of the AED (automated external defibrillator). Because of this training, Heartsavers can respond quickly and skillfully to sudden cardiac arrest in the minutes before paramedics arrive. Our goal for the SHUMC Heartsaver Program is to have two Heartsavers at each of our worship services and other major church events available to respond to a medical emergency. Consider taking the CPR training given by our local North County Fire and Medical District and becoming a SHUMC Heartsaver. Their next training is February 8th; call the Fire District office to register 623-544-5400. We have an urgent need to have more trained Heartsavers in order to cover all our worship services and events. We encourage those living part time in Arizona to participate too. Do you attend the Saturday Worship service or the second service on Sunday? We need you. Become a SHUMC Heartsaver and be assured you now have a life skill which you can use wherever you are – at the lake or recreation center, at the family reunion, or at Shepherd of the Hills UMC. Talk to a SHUMC Heartsaver on Heartsaver Saturday & Sunday February 4 & 5

at a Heartsaver Display and at the Fellowship Hour between Sunday services. They will be wearing a badge saying “Ask Me About Heartsavers”. Or call Esther Vallet, Parish Nurse, church office during the week 623-584-2280.


All SHUMC Heartsavers and prospective Heartsavers are encouraged to attend the ANNUAL HEARTSAVER meeting. This is the time for you to renew your commitment as a Heartsaver and review some Heartsaver information. What’s the difference between heart burn and heart attack? Recognize the symptoms of a stroke? Learn the acronym F-A-S-T (Face: drooping. Arm: weakness. Speech: difficulty. Time: to call 911)
This annual meeting is also the time to get your 2017 Heartsaver picture taken:

Thursday, February 9th at 9:00 – 10:15am Choir Room – come early.

Our guest speaker will be Rebecca Haro, Health and Medical Coordinator for the North County Fire and Medical District. She will be presenting a brief update on the new Community Paramedicine Program. Please RSVP to Esther Vallet, Parish Nurse at 623-584-2280 ext. 55 or

Be a Heartsaver

Learn a Life Skill

Join the SHUMC Heartsavers

Learn CPR & how to use AED

Learn how to competently manage a medical emergency at SHUMC working as a team

SHUMC Heartsaver Program

 Our annual emphasis on the SHUMC HEARTSAVER PROGRAM  is Saturday-Sunday, February 4 & 5

WHAT is the Heartsaver Program?

It is a group of volunteers and SHUMC staff who have taken the certification class to learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and how to use the AED (automated external defibrillator) in order to respond to someone having sudden cardiac arrest during the first minutes before paramedics arrive.

The term “Heartsaver” is used by the American Heart Association for those who have taken the training. Our goal is to have one or two Heartsaver volunteers available to respond to a medical emergency at each of our worship services and other major SHUMC events on campus. Heartsavers volunteer to be available for specific dates and times in order to cover all our worship services, concerts and other major events.

The next certification class is January 11 at the North County Fire & Medical District in SCW at 8:00am-noon; call to register at 623-544-5400. We have an urgent need for more Heartsavers, especially for our Sunday worship at 10:45 am. Want to learn more about the Heartsaver Program? Call Esther Vallet, Parish Nurse, at the church office 623-584-2280.

HeartSavers Ministry


Support in a Medical Crisis while attending Church



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Church volunteers participated in the National PAD Trial in 1999 for 3 years to determine whether citizens with training in CPR and the use of AED (Automatic External Defibrillators) could successfully resuscitate victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  As a result of participating in this study, a group of Church members were trained in CPR and the use of the AED and the HeartSaver ministry was begun.


     HeartSaver Volunteers are members or staff who have been certified by the American Heart Association to respond to someone having sudden cardiac arrest. The goal is to provide assistance during the first minutes of a crisis before the paramedics arrive.




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