Committee Forming to Bring Cardiac Ready Designation to Jamestown


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N.D. ( – A committee is forming in Jamestown with the hope that they can make Jamestown the next cardiac ready community.

The Cardiac Ready Communities project is a partnership of the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Emergency Medical Systems and the American Heart Association through the North Dakota Cardiac System of Care. The program is designed to promote survival from a cardiac event that occurs outside of the hospital setting.

Leading the charge is Jamestown Paramedic and AHA Coordinator Jenny Iverson.

Iverson reports that Jamestown is well on its way to becoming a Cardiac Ready Community, which would make it the fifth one to obtain that status in North Dakota.

Other things needed to obtain the designation include having an AED accessible anywhere in Jamestown that’s between 3 to 5 minutes radius. Iverson says chance for survival of a heart attack increases almost 74% when an AED is within that time frame away.

Iverson says they’re looking for several individuals from the community to participate on the committee to bring forth the designation. She says individuals in healthcare, education, business owners, city council members and community members.

Currently, the committee is planning to meet quarterly. Another point Iverson made was that if a business or resident had access to an AED within their home, they could register it with the Jamestown Police Department, who would then put it on a registry for reference in the case of a cardiac emergency.

The formed committee will be meeting for the first time on December 4th. For more information on the committee or the Cardiac Ready Designation for Jamestown, contact Jenny Iverson at 701-251-2273 or email

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