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Houghton athletic facilities get AEDs

The Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex and the Nielsen Physical Education Center at Houghton College are now equipped with new semiautomated external defibrillators because of a Univera Healthcare grant.

The AEDs will ensure that Houghton’s athletic facilities are better equipped to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest.

“In a cardiac emergency, it’s important to have an AED within reach since the likelihood of resuscitation decreases by about 10 percent with every minute that passes,” said Dr. Richard Vienne, Univera Healthcare vice president and chief medical officer, and a Houghton Class of ’84 graduate.

Underwriting grants from Univera Healthcare and its parent health plan have placed more than 160 AEDs into service across upstate New York, including at Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps serving the eight counties of Western New York, and with law enforcement agencies including the Erie, Wyoming and Chautauqua counties sheriff’s departments.

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