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Member News — Lakeland Bank Customer Saved by AED
March 30th, 2018

A customer visiting the Lakeland Bank in early February suffered a heart attack while at the Branch in Franklin, and the onsite defibrillator was used to help save the person’s life.

Lakeland Bank Area Branch Manager Karen McDougal stands with colleagues Catherine DiSalvo and Adnan Shoukat who recently assisted with using the onsite automated external defibrillator to help a customer having a heart attack at the Franklin Branch.

Lakeland Bank initiated its Heart Safe program about 10 years ago at all its branches and offices to help fight Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The program involved the installation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) at all locations as well as CPR/AED training for staff. An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm to treat sudden cardiac arrest. This is the first time an AED has been used at a Branch since Lakeland installed the equipment.

“My staff and a customer did a great job and were able to revive the individual,” said Karen McDougal, Lakeland Bank Area Branch Manager. “Lakeland Bank is proud of its program to provide the very best in customer and colleague safety.”

Lakeland Bank partners with Team Life, a medical training provider and safety equipment supplier with locations in Colts Neck, Middlesex, and Cherry Hill, NJ, to ensure its safety program meets current standards. Team Life believes Anyone Can Be A Hero and is committed to increasing the survival of sudden cardiac arrest by providing the best lifesaving training and equipment available.

“We are proud to be part of Lakeland Bank’s Heart Safe Program.  Lakeland Bank has made the investment in the right training and right equipment for more than 10 years.  That investment paid off with a life saved.  Job well done by the staff at Franklin Branch,” said Jim Schatzle, President of Team Life.

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