Northeast Ohio Chapter




The Northeast Ohio Chapter is extremely dedicated to the SCA prevention cause, especially in their efforts to get AEDs in all Ohio schools. The chapter's public access to defibrillation program, PADS of Lorain County, was formed in 2001 to equip all schools in the county with AEDs and to provide AED and CPR training to staff and students. The program received national attention, earning commendations from a variety of SCA advocacy and education groups, and it increased the number of available AEDs in schools from eight to more than 100.

The chapter also started the HeartSafe Kids initiative, which ensures that all children from kindergarten through high school would be trained in emergency exercises and situations. This multifaceted program was the catalyst for pushing through state legislative mandates for AEDs and also recommended that the state fund AEDs for all schools and the majority of public places. The chapter's steering committee includes SCA survivors, ICD patients, and an electrophysiologist, all of whom have been busy planning an expansive agenda.


Executive Committee Members
NE Ohio

Timothy Kiedrowski, Cardic Arrest Survivor, Lorain, OH

NE Ohio

Jon Cummings, Pacing Sales Representative, Medtronic

NE Ohio

Herb de la Porte, Vice President, LifeCare Ambulance, Elyria, OH

NE Ohio

Candy Denton, R.N., Cardiac Nurse, North Ohio Heart Center, Elyria, OH
Medical Liaison

NE Ohio

Patrick Gowell, Associate Clinical Specialist, Medtronic, USA, Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, Cleveland, OH

NE Ohio

Kim Haney, M.Ed., A.T.C., Medical Health Technology Teacher, Amherst Steele High School

NE Ohio

Sandy Hine, R.N., B.S.N., Retired Nursing Supervisor, Lorain County General Health District, Elyria, OH

NE Ohio

Nick Mezlak, Community Activist, Family Member of Cardiac Patients, Friend of Cardiac Arrest Survivor, Lorain, OH

NE Ohio

Kara J. Quan, M.D., FACC, FACP, Electrophysiologist at North Ohio Heart Center, Elyria, OH
Medical Director

NE Ohio

Al Sprenger, Jr., Sales Representative, Boston Scientific

NE Ohio Carmany





Connie Carmany, R.N., B.S.N., Wellington, OH
Past Chairman





Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association of Northeast Ohio

Wednesday, September 29th at 8 a.m.    

LCCC Spitzer Center

TWENTY CHILDREN WILL DIE TODAY AND ABOUT ONE THOUSAND ADULTS WILL DIE TODAY IN THE U.S. FROM SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST! You just don’t know yet who or where it will be. But you CAN help to prevent it. Join us in our commitment to save those lives!

We are writing to you on behalf of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA), Northeast Ohio Chapter. Our mission is simple: to prevent loss of life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest!

At this year’s free public informational breakfast, we are highlighting the following:, “Heartsafe Sports”, program to give improved sports physicals, including cardiac exams, ECGs and echocardiograms, to junior high and senior high school students;

“Heartsafe Kids”, which teaches lifesaving skills including CPR and AED to school children from Kindergarten through 12th grade, in age-appropriate, innovative ways using all the latest in 21st-century technology;

“Be the Beat”, American Heart Association’sinitiative in the schools to encourage students to learn CPR/AED;

Sudden Cardiac Arrest among athletes and children, why it occurs, what we can do;

“Project AED”, WKYC-TV’s investigational report on AEDs in NE Ohio communities.

Founded and incorporated in 2005, the SCAA identifies and unites survivors, those at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, as well as others who are interested in being advocates or “champions” of the cause in their communities and beyond. We are dedicated to promoting solutions to prevent sudden cardiac death, including increased awareness, immediate bystander action, public access to defibrillation (PAD) and access to therapies (principally ICDS--implantable cardiac defibrillators). 

As part of our increased public awareness, we are inviting you to attend, free of charge, our “Breakfast of Champions 2010”! Perhaps best of all, we are actually giving away AEDs and CPR/AED supplies as door prizes! You could win one for your organization!

This information is valuable for medical people, doctors, nurses, technicians, first responders, families and friends of victims and survivors, community leaders, EMS, hospitals, community service organizations, health clubs, businesses, churches, foundations, schools (administrators, athletic directors, school nurses, health teachers), news media, or other community members interested in being “champions” of the cause!

This entire event is free of charge! So please respond promptly to the attached invitation, as seating is limited! 

 Breakfeast of Champions - 2010 Invitation

 The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association of Northeast Ohio’s 

“Breakfast of Champions--2010”

 Wednesday, September 29, 2010     8:00-10:00 A.M.

Lorain County Community Center
Spitzer Conference Center                               
1005 Abbe Rd. N., Elyria, OH 44035
(just south of Route 2)


7:45        Registration and Complimentary Breakfast

8:15        Welcome and Introductions:

Connie Carmany, R.N., Chairman, SCAA of NE     Ohio                           

8:25        “Heartsafe Sports” improved sports physicals for schools

               “Stayin’ Alive--Be the Beat/Heartsafe Kids” innovative ways to teach CPR/AED to students in the schools

Kim Haney, M.Ed, A.T.C., Medical Health Technology Teacher, Amherst

8:40        “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among Athletes—Why does it  happen and what can we do about it?”

Dr. Kara Quan, Electrophysiologist at North Ohio Heart Center

9:00        “Project AED” WKYC-TV’s investigative report on AED   placement in NE Ohiocommunities 

Eric Mansfield, news anchor, WKYC-TV 

9:25        “Local Champions”

Recognized by SCAA of NE Ohio                    

9:40        Door Prizes and Q & A 

The purpose of this informational breakfast is to make northeast Ohio schools, emergency services, community leaders, and other non-profit organizations aware of the most up-to-date information regarding AEDs, sudden cardiac arrest, and Public Access Defibrillation Programs.  So much has changed in the past few years that it is vital for our schools and communities to be in the know regarding saving lives with CPR and AEDs. 

Executive Committee of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association of N.E.Ohio:  Connie Carmany, R.N., Chairman; Jon Cummings, Pacing Sales Representative, Medtronic; Herb de la Porte, Vice President, LifeCare Ambulance, Elyria, OH; Candy Denton, R.N. North Ohio Heart Center; Patrick Gowell, Clinical Specialist, Medtronic; Kim Haney, M.Ed., A.T.C., Medical Health Technology Teacher, Amherst Steele High School;  Sandy Hine, R.N., retired Nursing Supervisor, Lorain County General Health District; Krisia Kirk, NE Ohio Representative, St. Jude Medical; Timothy Kiedrowski, SCA survivor; Nick Mezlak, community activist for SCA Prevention; Kara J. Quan, M.D., FACC, FACP, Electrophysiologist at North Ohio Heart Center, Elyria, OH, Medical Director; Al Sprenger, Jr., Sales Representative, Boston Scientific.   

October 6, 2009 – Presentation of Defibtech AED to Huntington Recreation Park
Thanks to the generosity of the Defibtech Corporation, which donated several AEDs again this year through regional SCAA chapters, we were able to present an AED to a new recreation park in Huntington Township, Lorain County, Ohio. In conjunction with that, the local EMS, the South Lorain County Ambulance District Director Pat Wilkinson stated that they will assist all villages and townships within their jurisdiction to obtain AEDs and the CPR training to go with them. And a local AED distributor, LifeServers of Northeast Ohio, is donating the accessories to go with the AED. We love it when a community comes together like this. It's a win-win environment.

AED Presentation to Hunt TwpAED Presentation to Huntington Twp. Trustees by Defibtech and SCAA of NE Ohio. Front Row: Becky Unangst, Proprietor, Chet & Fran's Country Store; Peggy Harris, Twp. Fiscal Officer; Connie Carmany, RN, Chairman SCAA of NE Ohio; Butch Holmes, Twp. Trustee; Mary Beth Derikito, Twp. Trustee; Pat Wilkinson, Director, SCLAD. Back Row: Walt Rollin, Twp. Trustee; Todd Ickes, LifeServers, Inc.; Doug Huffman, LifeServers, Inc.; Dennis Finkel, Twp. Road Foreman; Bernie Nirode, Sports Official; Doug Hastings, Twp. Groundskeeper

October 9-11, 2009 – National SCAA Meeting in Chicago

Two members of our Executive Committee, Timothy Kiedrowski and Connie Carmany, attended the National SCAA Meeting in Chicago from October 9-11, 2009. The three days were packed with excellent presentations and practical information for regional chapters.

SCAA Meeting in ChicagoPictured at the National SCAA Meeting in Chicago: Richard Brown, former President of Board Of Directors; Connie Carmany, NE Ohio Chapter; Antonio Ciaccia, former Operations Manager; two SCAA members, and Timothy Kiedrowski, NE Ohio (on right)

SCAA of NE Ohio Participates in "Us Against Athero" Interactive Exhibit

SCAA of NE Ohio volunteers helped to educate the public about atherosclerosis and the risks of heart attack, stroke, and sudden cardiac arrest over the Labor Day weekend event, a "Taste of Cleveland". In a cooperative arrangement with the Lorain County Community College School of Nursing, nursing students, along with other SCAA volunteers staffed the "Us Against Athero" exhibit, which is a traveling, interactive educational tour sponsored by AstraZeneca. They helped to usher visitors into the "Artery Explorer", an air-conditioned motion simulator which takes guests on a ride through the arteries to see how plaque builds and what we can do to prevent it.

SCAA of NE Ohio volunteers Bryce Lafler and mom, Jennifer Lafler, show off
SCAA of NE Ohio volunteers Bryce Lafler and mom, Jennifer Lafler, show off "The Artery Explorer" to visitors


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