Defibrillators are life-saving devices used during a cardiac emergency. They monitor cardiac rhythm, assist in CPR, and deliver a shock if needed. In our region, defibrillators are more commonly needed because of the effects of high altitude. High altitude can put stress on the heart, especially for people who are used to living at sea level or those with pre-existing heart conditions.
Mammoth Hospital’s dedicated Emergency Department has requested the community’s help in expanding our fleet of defibrillators. Help us meet our fundraising goal to provide 10 new Zoll R Series Plus defibrillators & 1 Zoll X Series defibrillator, bringing our in-house total to 11!
These new units are user-friendly enough for laypeople, as well as clinicians, including voice prompts to guide users in real time. The Zoll brand units are already in use by Mammoth Mountain and Long Valley Fire, promoting seamless, collaborative care of our patient community.
In 2019, 14-year-old Cassidy Seitz went into sudden cardiac arrest while skiing. Thanks to the immediate response of the crew at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Cassidy was stabilized with defibrillation and transported to the Mammoth Hospital Emergency Department for treatment. Cassidy was assessed and further stabilized at Mammoth, then flown to Renown Children’s ICU and ultimately the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Cassidy is a healthy, active teenager, so a sudden life-threatening episode like this was shocking and unexpected.
Today, Cassidy is back to her active, vibrant self, but with a newfound passion for cardiac awareness. She wants YOU to know how important defibrillators are. It’s why she’s here today!
The Mammoth Hospital Foundation is grateful for the continued generosity of our donors. Together, we are building a tradition of exceptional care for our friends, family and guests.
Thanks to your contributions, we can ensure that our hospital will always be there for those in need.