The staff at Nexus Glen Lake in Minnetonka, MN, now have an emergency response tool and the training to address cardiac irregularities and heart attack on campus, thanks to a $1,500 donation from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC).
Nexus Glen Lake provides highly specialized residential treatment for girls, ages 12-19. Sarah Prescher, a nurse at the facility, identified the need for an automated external defibrillator (AED) and reached out for funding.
An AED is a portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart, potentially stopping an irregular heartbeat and allowing a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association.
Michelle Rhea, Clinical Director at Nexus Glen lake, stated, “The AED is a great addition to our wellness program. We are very grateful to the SMSC for this generous donation. Sarah did a fantastic job organizing this donation request. We are grateful to have an involved nurse who is always looking to improve and protect the well-being of the girls in our care.”
The SMSC has a strong tradition of helping others, and, according to its website, “contributes to causes, organizations and tribes across the region, state and country. The SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally, and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.”
Nexus Glen Lake is a program of Nexus, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides specialized services to children and families through residential treatment, foster care/adoption, and community mental health services. To learn more about Nexus Glen Lake or to make a donation that helps area youth, visit www.nexus-yfs.org.