Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute Founder Dr. Himanshu Shukla Presents First ‘Heart Hero’ Award to Cherokee Elementary School Nurse Donna Musser; Nurse Saved Boy’s Life with Donated AED
Dr. Shukla also Recognized by SUSD for Donating 33 AEDs
Paradise Valley, Ariz. (May 9, 2007) – Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (CAI) presented its first Heart Hero award to Cherokee Elementary School Nurse Donna Musser who sprang into action to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and saved a young student’s life on April 16.
Dr. Himanshu H. Shukla, founder, Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute in Mesa, and a Scottsdale resident, presented the inaugural “Heart Hero” award to Musser during a May 9 program commemorating National School Nurses Day. The “Heart Hero” award was presented at the school where the incident occurred.
“In life there are rare moments of affirmation that seem to say ‘yes, this was the right thing to do.’ And to say that this was one of those moments is an understatement. We are so pleased that the donated AED helped save a life – especially of a young child -- and that Donna acted quickly with all the training kicking in. It’s a good feeling.”
Shukla, an electrophysiologist, founded the CAI on the campus of Banner Desert Medical Center to provide treatment of heart rhythm disorders and also to be a source of education and information for patients and physicians alike. Heart arrhythmias are the cause of 10 percent of all strokes. In addition, 450,000 people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) due to heart rhythm disorders – more than AIDS, and breast and prostate cancer combined.
In Maricopa County alone, since 2005, 18 people have died on school grounds due to SCD and that has served as the impetus for the CAI AED initiative.
Shukla himself was recognized Wednesday for the 33 AEDs he donated to Scottsdale public schools – one for each school in the district.
Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent John Baracy presented a certificate of appreciation to Shukla for the donation valued at $49,000.
CAI conducts the AED campaign, in conjunction with Desert AED and the SHARE program of the Arizona Department of Health Services, to benefit schools and other public venues whenever and wherever possible with a to-date donation valued at approximately $80,000. The goal is to allow CPR and EMS professionals to respond effectively and reduce the incidence of Sudden Cardiac Death.
Shukla also has donated five AEDs to the Paradise Valley Unified School District; six to the Cave Creek Unified School District and eight to Mesa Public Schools, in addition to those donated in Scottsdale. Also, in March, during an MLB Spring Training game, CAI presented an AED to the Mesa Fire Department to be used at Hohokam Park.
CAI, founded by cardiologist and electrophysiologist Himanshu H. Shukla, is dedicated to providing heart care customized to the individual and clinical treatment of heart rhythm disorders. CAI is one of the first centers in Arizona to focus primarily on the treatment of heart arrhythmias and works independently as well as with fellow physicians to deliver optimum care. Located on the campus of Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, CAI serves as a community resource for patients and physicians to obtain state-of-the-art information and care regarding heart rhythm disorders. The Institute is founded by Dr. Shukla with practice administrator Lisa A. Feddersen, B.S.N., R.N.