• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Hospital donates CPR mannequins to WCHS

BLUEGRASS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL donated eight CPR mannequins to Woodford County High School on Tuesday afternoon. From left are WCHS Principal Rob Akers, PE teacher Melody Hamilton; Kathy Russell, chief nursing officer at Bluegrass Community Hospital; Bridget Foster, the hospital's director of marketing; and hospital CEO Tommy Haggard. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Bluegrass Community Hospital donated eight CPR mannequins to Woodford County High School on Tuesday afternoon, March 1. The four adult and four infant mannequins will be used by students - mostly freshmen and some sophomores - in the high school's health classes. Thanks to the WCHS administration, physical education teacher Melody Hamilton said she has been certified to teach CPR. Two-hundred students began receiving their CPR training this week. And every student at WCHS will get the training in four years. "It's a pretty awesome opportunity," said Hamilton. "And for me, if (this CPR training helps one student) save somebody else then it was worth it." Hamilton reached out to Bluegrass Community Hospital about borrowing CPR mannequins for student CPR training, and instead the high school received its own mannequins. "We just wanted to help out (any way) we could, and we appreciate the efforts of the high school," said Bluegrass Community Hospital CEO Tommy Haggard. He said this effort by WCHS to offer the CPR life-saving training to all of its students will support the hospital's mission as the community's healthcare provider. Graviss McDonald's Restaurants presented WCHS with a $1,000 Balanced, Active Lifestyle grant last week to purchase mannequins for its CPR training.

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