LANSING, Mich. (1/14/14)--An article in the Sunday edition of the Detroit News highlighted a Michigan Credit Union League program that places automated external defibrillators in credit unions.
The article told the story of John Looman, CEO of $124 million-asset Community West CU, Grand Rapids, Mich., who at the age of 49 suffered a heart attack during a YMCA spinning class last year. Now fully recovered, Looman credits quick-thinking bystanders and an automated external defibrillator (AED) for saving his life, the News reported.
Looman told the News that at first he felt lucky, but in truth it was planning on the part of the YMCA to place AED in its facility and the fast response of well-trained bystanders that saved his life.
Inspired by Looman's experience, the Michigan league started a program to offer AEDs to credit unions and their business members at a reduced cost. Through the manufacturer and its authorized distributor, NorthStar Medical Equipment, the league offers AEDs at a discounted price of $1,250 each, a 37% discount off the retail price.
In less than two months since the program started, eight credit unions have installed AEDs in 27 branches. The league has the devices in its offices in Lansing and Livonia.
In conjunction with the program, the league will offer CPR/AED classes at its Annual Convention and Exposition in June.