PHILADELPHIA — In the U.S. each year, over 300,000 adults will suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. More than 90 percent of these victims will die before they reach the hospital, but immediate CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.  Anyone can learn CPR, yet 70 percent of Americans either don’t know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.

That’s why experts from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, with support of a sponsorship by The Travelers Companies, Inc., have teamed up with the American Heart Association, Hartford area hospitals, community-based organizations and the City of Hartford to launch an innovative community project to train laypersons in CPR. The new two-year program, The Mobile CPR Project – Hartford, will focus on local communities with low rates of CPR training, using a proctored presentation including a video and instructional kit that teaches CPR in less than 30 minutes.

During the kick-off event, all participants will learn CPR and receive a free American Heart Association Family & Friends® CPR Anytime® Personal Learning Program training kit, which includes a CPR skills practice DVD and CPR learning manikin.

The program will officially launch in the fall, with a team that will perform regular training events throughout Hartford via a mobile CPR training station, bringing the CPR classes directly to community centers, churches, and places of employment.

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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