Grant provides Corry Methodist church with life-saving medical equipment

A representative from EMMCO West, Inc., Northwestern PA Regional EMS Office presents Becky Costello, right, a registered nurse and member of the First United Methodist Church in Corry, with an Automated External Defibrillator. The Corry church was awarded the equipment through a grant program.

The First United Methodist Church in Corry is one of 10 area agencies that was recently awarded an Automated External Defibrillator from the EMMCO West, Inc., Northwestern PA Regional EMS Office.

A grant program made it possible to provide the equipment to various agencies, including churches, state parks and schools.

The goal of the program is to reduce mortality rates by increasing access to defibrillation for patients experiencing cardiac arrest in rural municipalities.

The grant was from the Office of Rural Health Policy in the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Other agencies receiving the AEDs are: Erie County — Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Athletic Department; in Clarion County — Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion, Clarion County Branch Allegheny Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross, Leatherwood Church in New Bethlehem, and Cook Forest/Clear Creek State Park Complex in Cooksburg; in Crawford County — Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church in Conneaut Lake, St. Peter Church in Conneautville, and Conneaut Valley High School in Conneautville, and in Mercer County — Pymatuning State Park in Jamestown.

EMMCO West, Inc. is Northwestern Pennsylvania's regional Emergency Medical Services Office. 

The agency serves practitioners in Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties.

EMMCO West is a nonprofit board appointee corporate format with 24 diversified members on the Board of Directors from Northwestern Pennsylvania hospital representatives.

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