NorthBay Honors Heart Heroes

NorthBay Healthcare  presented its first-ever Heart Hero awards to a pair of Costco employees during a storewide staff meeting at the Vacaville Costco Saturday night.

Jamelle Williams and Deborah Prutch were working Dec. 6 when a customer went into cardiac arrest.

The pair, who had both taken CPR training after a colleague died at work two years earlier, sprang into action.
The pair used hands-only CPR and an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to keep the patient alive until medical help arrived.

“Without your help, this woman would likely have died,” said Laura McGuire, cardiovascular patient care program manager. “In fact, nearly 1,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside hospitals every day in the United States and in 2015, 90 percent did not survive. The fact that you not only did CPR but had an AED and knew how to use it — that’s huge!”

Laura and Kim Williamson, director of Cardiopulmonary Services, presented Jamelle and Deborah with baskets containing heart-healthy cook books, red wine, dark chocolate, #NorthBay coffee mugs and red, heart-shaped pillows with NorthBay Healthcare’s logo on it.

“Your action inspired NorthBay to create a Heart Hero award,” explained Laura. “We want to recognize individuals in our communities who help us save lives.”