American Heart Association Honors Heartsaver Heroes
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Martin Manno, MSN, RN, Helene Burns, MSN, RN, Lt. Michael Meyers, Henry Schuitema, DO

Helene Burns, MSN, RN, Assistant Vice President of Clinical Services at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, NJ, and her husband Frank Burns (not pictured), along with Lt. Michael Meyers of the Stratford Police Department, were both recently recognized as an American Heart Association “Heartsaver Hero” for performing CPR and/or using an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to save someone’s life.


Presenting the awards are: Martin Manno, MSN, RN, Kennedy’s Corporate Director of Professional Development, Clinical Education and Research (left) and Kennedy – Stratford Emergency Department Medical Director Henry Schuitema, D.O. (far right). Helene and Frank Burns were honored for performing CPR and using an AED on a fellow gym member at their South Jersey fitness club. Lt. Meyers, meanwhile, performed CPR and used an AED to save the life of a community member who was later taken to Kennedy-Stratford’s Emergency Department. These “heartsavers” came to the rescue of an individual who was in sudden cardiac arrest, which is most often caused by an irregular heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. Unless a normal heart rhythm is restored, death will follow in a matter of minutes. In fact, the American Heart Association estimates that for every minute without defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by seven to 10 percent.