Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Project Adam celebrates 70 and 71 lives saved during National CPR & AED Awareness Week

June 07, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Project ADAM™ (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) announced today that 71 lives have been saved since it was founded in 1999. Project ADAM is a Children's Hospital of Wisconsin program that helps schools throughout the nation prepare for and respond to cardiac emergencies.

The most recent saves occurred in Georgia and Wisconsin. There have been 26 lives saved in Wisconsin schools, 38 in Georgia, 2 in Pennsylvania, 2 in Texas, one in Washington, one in Florida and one in Tennessee as a direct result of Project ADAM.  About half of these individuals are adolescents.

"As a national leader in pediatric health care, Children's Hospital strives to ensure the safety of our children within and outside our doors," said Stuart Berger, MD, medical director of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Herma Heart Center, medical director of Project ADAM and professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. "Knowing you helped saved one life is fantastic. To know you have helped save 71 lives truly is incredible."

Today, in addition to Wisconsin, state affiliates in Alabama, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington have Project ADAM programs. To learn more about free templates, plans, video, and other resources Project ADAM provides for schools, please visit www.ProjectADAM.com.   

Project ADAM was created in honor of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, Wis., high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball. "I take great comfort in knowing that honoring Adam's memory has helped schools around the country save so many lives," said Joe Lemel, Adam's dad.

The first week of June is designated National CPR & AED Awareness Week.

About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States and is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2011, Children's Hospital invested more than $100 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.