WCS becomes the first Heart Safe school in Parker County

From left are WCS Nurse Mandy Williams, WCS Head of School Beth Riley and WCS Nurse Tracy Carter.

Weatherford Christian School nurses recently went through earned their Heart Safe School certification from Project ADAM.

Weatherford Christian School recently had two of their on-staff nurses, Mandy Williams and Tracy Carter, go through the training to earn the school’s Project ADAM Heart Safe certification.

“Once we learned more about becoming a heart safe school we knew we would complete the Project ADAM Heart Safe School designation process without hesitation,” said Mandy Williams, a WCS nurse. “This certification means everything especially when realizing the preparation and planning will save a life in the event of a cardiac emergency.”

WCS is now one of 396 schools who are Heart Safe certified in the state of Texas and the only one in Parker County.

“Simply having an AED hanging on the wall is not enough,” said Tracy Carter, who is also a nurse at WCS. “Everyone has a job to do, and perfecting an emergency response plan increases the chance for a positive outcome. Practicing the roles of each team member during drills results in a rapid response time and fluent communication.”

Project ADAM affiliates strive to assist schools and communities in establishing an emergency plan to place into action in the incidence of a sudden cardiac arrest. Affiliates provide the foundation for schools to plan and develop their program, including planning templates, a reference manual and one-on-one consultation on how to help prevent sudden cardiac death in the school setting.

Project ADAM Heart Safe School designation is attained by schools upon successful implementation of a quality sudden cardiac arrest program of awareness, training and effective emergency response to promote a Heart Safe environment for students, visitors and staff.