Starting Heart Programs

Starting Hearts is founded on Empowerment. Every year in the US, EMS teams respond to nearly 360,000 Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) events. Less than 10% survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest when it strikes outside of a hospital. Every second is critical. By placing DEFIBs in accessible locations throughout communities, Starting Hearts is working to increase the chances of survival when the unexpected happens.

Our Non-Profit organization offers several programs focused on placing DEFIBs in accessible locations, and training community members to use them properly, saving precious seconds before EMS arrives. Together we can make our community safer by increasing access to DEFIBs and making sure you know what to do in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Take the time to learn. You have nothing to lose, but so much to gain!


Call. Push. Shock. ™ Training

Don’t be a afraid to save a life! During Sudden Cardiac Arrest, CPR alone will not restart the heart. More than 60% of Sudden Cardiac Arrests are witnessed by bystanders. While calling 911 is important, the victim’s chances of survival are poor if bystanders don’t know exactly what to do the moment someone collapses.

It is important to remember that SCA is not a heart attack, and can happen to anyone, including children, young adults, and athletes. Starting Hearts’ CALL. PUSH. SHOCK.™ (CPS) Certification program will ensure that you are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and spring into action to save a life. Already knowing what to do in the event of an SCA can buy precious time, minimize brain damage, and even preserve the life of the victim.

Our CALL. PUSH. SHOCK.™ program is a 45-minute hands-on CPR/DEFIB skills training. We offer individual and group training for youth, adults, businesses, neighborhoods and other organizations wishing to learn how to respond quickly and effectively to SCA events. CALL. PUSH. SHOCK.™ Citizen Certifications teach participants how to immediately recognize SCA and how to respond using the CALL. PUSH. SHOCK.™ approach. Training and certification in this approach can help you save the life of someone you love.


Our Nearest DEFIBTM program increases access to defibrillators in public places. We know that administering a defibrillator within three minutes of a cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival up to 80 percent, yet only one in ten citizens knows the exact location of the nearest defibrillator. Starting Hearts solves this problem by paying for, maintaining, and offering a free downloadable mobile GPS-based app that shows all defibrillators within close proximity. This app saves precious time in getting that lifesaving device to the patient in need.

Starting Hearts works diligently to track the entire inventory of existing and newly-placed defibrillators in our county. With support from donors and especially our close working relationship with Vail Valley Medical Center, Starting Hearts has helped to increase the total number of defibrillators in our county to 400, or one for every 150 citizens, possibly the highest per capita rate in the nation.

With wide availability of defibrillators in public and our mobile app to locate them quickly, Starting Hearts is making Eagle County one of the safest places on earth to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest and survive.


Become a Neighbor Saver

Once you have the knowledge and skills to assist a victim using an DEFIB, you can become a citizen responder, and be alerted when someone in your area needs your help. Neighbor Saver™ alerts citizen rescuers through a community-wide SCA response system that coordinates 9-1-1 dispatch information, to alert nearby citizen responders when their help is needed. Simply follow the instructions below and you are on your way to becoming a Neighbor Saver™!

To receive CPR/DEFIB notifications and HELP SAVE LIVES in Eagle County:

1. Download the free “PulsePoint” Smartphone app.

2. From the agency list, find and follow “Vail Public Safety Communications Center”.

3. Under Settings, select the “CPR” notification box (this is the most important step—don’t forget to check the box!!).

4. Start saving lives today!

Make Your Community Safer!

Purchase an DEFIB

When seconds count, being able to locate and access the nearest DEFIB is just as critical as knowing how to use one properly. Knowing the location of your nearest DEFIB at all times can make the difference between life and death. Nearest DEFIB is an access-to-defibrillation program that helps communities place DEFIBs in strategic locations so they are easy to locate and readily accessible. Nearest DEFIB helps increase citizen awareness of DEFIB availability, so that when an SCA emergency strikes, you can feel secure in knowing you have easy access to the equipment you need, when you need it.

Philips Onsite Defibrillator: All proceeds benefit Starting Hearts!

Price Breakdown:

* Philips Onsite Defibrillator

* Carrying case, rescue kit, 2 sets adult electrodes, battery charge pack & orientation DVD

* 8-Year Warranty

* Medical Prescription (per CO State Statute)

* Recognition on Starting Hearts’ Nearest DEFIB map

* Site Evaluation

* Waterproof/Weatherproof DEFIB Cabinet

* Routine Replacement of Batteries and Adult Electrodes for 5 year

* Insurance Against Theft or Damage

* Device Management System

* (Inspection/Maintenance logs, automated e-mail alerts and reports)

* CPR & DEFIB Training for Expected Users

* Written Policies & Procedures

* Dispatch Notification/Integration

* Ongoing Oversight

* Post-Event Support

The Heart Rod

A Heart Smart Training Center… On Wheels!

Starting Hearts was founded on the beliefs that the more people reached, the more lives we can help save and that people will not come to us, we must go to them.  Thus, The HeartRod™, Starting Hearts’ decommissioned transit bus converted CPR/DEFIB classroom on wheels was born.

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