KentuckyOne Health Brings CPR Awareness to More than 30,000 Basketball Fans


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In 2017, KentuckyOne Health again brought heart disease awareness to more than 30,000 basketball fans by taking a “Be a Heart Hero” CPR training event to the men’s and women’s University of Louisville basketball games. In addition, February brought a number of heart health-themed events to a number of KentuckyOne facilities.

A team of volunteers and celebrities trained fans in hands-only CPR. KentuckyOne Health staff members were set up before tip-off in the KFC Yum! Center lobby to train fans one-on-one in hands-only CPR. Participants were also provided with additional information about heart health.

During halftime the entertainment and training began with University of Louisville Cardiologist Dr. Lorrel Brown, who led local celebrities in a hands-only CPR demonstration on the court. The two events included the following local celebrities: former White House Administrator and Louisville’s longest serving mayor Jerry Abramson and his wife Madeline Abramson and Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation board member; Jewish Hospital President Joe Gilene, Cabinet for Health & Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson; KentuckyOne Health Division Vice President Leslie Buddeke Smart; local radio personality Lynda Lambert; former UofL Basketball Coach Denny Crum, 2016 Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Kelsi Worrell, members of Linkin’ Bridge, UofL Basketball Game Day Emcee Joey Wagner, and WAVE 3 News reporters/anchors John Boel, Connie Leonard and Scott Reynolds. They were joined by six superheroes, the Cardinal Bird mascot “Louie” and the KentuckyOne Health K-Man.

A report from the Institute of Medicine found that individuals who live in areas where bystanders are more likely to start CPR have a better chance of survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Not only is hands-only CPR easier for the public to learn and remember, but research shows bystanders are more likely to act when they don’t have to do mouth-to-mouth.

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