As part of the Arrow Well­ness Ini­tia­tive to donate and dis­trib­ute $100,000 in AED (Auto­mat­ed Exter­nal Defib­ril­la­tor) machines to their local busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty, River­front Fit­ness is the first of many recip­i­ents vying to receive an AED device from Arrow Ben­e­fits Group. AED machines are an inte­gral part of treat­ing those suf­fer­ing from sud­den car­diac arrest in the few vital min­utes before emer­gency med­ical crews arrive, dra­mat­i­cal­ly increas­ing the sur­vival rates of the vic­tims of sud­den car­diac arrest. With­out these machines on hand, the sur­vival rate is under 10%; imme­di­ate response with the use of CPR and AED increas­es sud­den car­diac arrest sur­vival rates by as much as 70%. “Hav­ing the AED gives both our clients and our­selves the reas­sur­ance and com­fort of know­ing that if a heart attack occurs while using the facil­i­ty we have the prop­er equip­ment avail­able to use until the Fire Depart­ment arrives. It brings us a sense of secu­ri­ty and assur­ance that we are pro­vid­ing a life­sav­ing machine at our fit­ness facil­i­ty. It means the val­ue of a life,” says Amy Pon­tius, Man­ag­er at River­front Fit­ness. The AED device dona­tions build on Arrow’s pop­u­lar Well­ness Ini­tia­tive which pro­vides free CPR and First Aid class­es to clients and the com­mu­ni­ty. If you would like to learn more and par­tic­i­pate with your com­pa­ny in the pro­cure­ment of one of the AED machines please con­tact Andrew McNeil at 707–992-3789 or [email protected]

In a life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion where every sec­ond counts, access to these devices can mean the dif­fer­ence between life and death. Accord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion, for every minute that pass­es with­out CPR and defib­ril­la­tion, the chances of sur­vival decrease by 7–10%. Hav­ing an AED on hand makes it pos­si­ble to respond imme­di­ate­ly in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, and yet the devices remain cost-pro­hib­i­tive for many small busi­ness­es. For River­front Fit­ness and their 45 mem­bers, the high price-tag means hav­ing an AED device at their facil­i­ty would be unat­tain­able with­out the sup­port of the Arrow Well­ness Initiative.

“I can’t thank Arrow enough for their gen­eros­i­ty in pro­vid­ing us with an AED. Being a small busi­ness, find­ing the extra fund­ing to pur­chase such an expen­sive piece of equip­ment is dif­fi­cult. The cost is almost a deter­rent. I hope that changes in the future. This piece of equip­ment saves lives and there should be no price tag on that. We thank Arrow for rec­og­niz­ing our need and bring­ing the AED to River­front Fit­ness. Of course, we hope to nev­er have to use it, but we are pre­pared just in case!” The dona­tion is part of Arrow’s ongo­ing mis­sion to sup­port client health and well-being needs. “We are ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing our clients take proac­tive actions to keep their employ­ees healthy and safe,” said Arrow Ben­e­fits Group Prin­ci­pal Andrew McNeil.

About Arrow Ben­e­fits Group

Arrow Ben­e­fits Group, the third largest ben­e­fits firm in the North Bay, is a proud part­ner of Unit­ed Ben­e­fit Advi­sors (UBA), one of the largest ben­e­fits con­sult­ing and bro­ker­age firms in the country.

Arrow Ben­e­fits Group is the sin­gle-source solu­tion for man­ag­ing the com­plex­i­ties of ben­e­fits with expert advice, cus­tomized pro­grams, and per­son­al­ized solu­tions. Arrow’s inno­v­a­tive pro­grams con­trol costs and give employ­ees a greater sense of finan­cial and emo­tion­al security.

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