RACING HEARTS

Helping to Save Lives with AEDs

Palo Alto, CA   |  www.racinghearts.org

Mission

Racing Hearts empowers people to use life saving heart defibrillators (AEDs) to save lives during a sudden cardiac arrest. The mission of Racing Hearts is to increase awareness of and improve access to automated external defibrillators. Racing Hearts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Ruling year info

2012

Principal Officer

Stephanie Martinson

Main address

4123 Park Blvd

Palo Alto, CA 94306 USA

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EIN

45-5271941

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can strike anyone at anytime. According to the American Red Cross, about 350,000 American's die of SCA each year, that's almost 800 American's per day - one death nearly every two minutes.  And every 3 days, a young athlete suffers a SCA.  This number is more deaths than from breast cancer, lung and colon cancer, and HIV combined.  Nearby AEDs are a simple proactive solution which can increase success rates by 60%.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Santa Clara County Wide AED matching program

Aim: This project is being undertaken to increase success rates of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) which has been unchanged since the 1960 at less than 10% and which can improve up to 80% with access to lifesaving heart defibrillators (AEDs). Specifically we want to improve the cognitive status of patients who experience a SCA here within Santa Clara County given that both onsite AEDs and their timely use as been shown as an effective component during a SCA.

Goal: Our goal is to increase the survival rate of patients experiencing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). By placing more onsite AEDs throughout the community, it will increase the chance of an AED being used by lay responders prior to EMS arrival. This can be quantified by tracking done by the responding agencies (City Fire Dept, SCC EMS)

Scope: Targeted area will be within Santa Clara County Boundaries with 1:1 matching reserve up to $1,000,000. Initial goal to reserve 20% of the total funds to be used within each of the 5 districts (though after set time period of 2 years, plan to redistribute all remaining funds back to the general reserve). Matching funds to be obtained by stakeholders within Santa Clara County such as local hospitals, foundations, school districts, city departments (like the Police/Fire), and individual donations.

Time Frame: November 2015- November 2018. Annual reports from either Racing Hearts and/or SCC Public Health Special Projects will be provided to the SCC Board of Supervisors.

Population(s) Served

Racing Hearts funds AED turn key programs that target low-income underserved populations as studies have shown this distinction correlates with higher obesity and less access to healthcare. Our board of directors meet once quarterly to vote on funding programs of which follow evidence based research that which supports standard of care for all and placing multiple AEDs in one site.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Santa Clara County Wide AED matching program

Context Notes

After receiving an AED orientation, the community members were able to report increased knowledge during the post test survey as compared to the initial pre test (baseline at 8% increased to 95%).

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Santa Clara County Wide AED matching program

Context Notes

Racing Hearts is program managing AED tools/resources/educational materials for 40 programs impacting over 1.5M individuals

Number of AED Uses and/or AED Saves!

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Santa Clara County Wide AED matching program

Context Notes

(2017) - SCC documented 8 AED saves within Santa Clara County. (2016) Out of the 20 AEDs deployed in the Palo Alto Police Cars, they have been used 26 times in just the first 4 years.

Cost Savings Statewide from Update Policies and Laws

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

SB658 resulted in significant cost savings ($100M per year) relative to CPR/AED certification not needed, nor medical oversight relative to deploying an AED.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Racing Hearts exists to decrease sudden cardiac arrest death by educating and deploying life saving heart defibrillators (AEDs) in high risk critical community areas. Racing Hearts strongly believes in following guidelines established through evidence-based research, which supports placing multiple AEDs at one site. We focus our mission with low-income underserved populations as studies have shown this distinction correlates with higher obesity and less access to healthcare. At Racing Hearts we believe ANYONE can save a life and EVERYONE deserves access to life saving AEDs.

Our strategies and successes are due to our strong partnerships To date, we have developed a strong collaboration between local, regional and state government officials working between private and public partnerships. We advocate in a positive, proactive manner and are passionate about our mission.

To date, we have consistently completed our programs on time and under budget. We have successfully stepped forward learning by doing in this life saving space. We have a strong executive director who professionally works within the healthcare space and understands both the clinical and functional impacts of the mission. Our organization's board of directors have a strong and various relationships throughout the regional space. With increased funding capacity we will be capable to take our mission, programs and successes to impact outside our current regional area.

We are thrilled to let our community know that 100% of all public schools within the Santa Clara County now have AEDs onsite. We have also deployed AEDs into all county sheriff cars, open space parks, homeless shelters, etc. Since 2012, we have deployed over 880 AEDs, increasing the heart safety of over 1.7M community members. In 2015, Racing Hearts successfully pioneered AED legislation making California one of the most progressive states relative to life saving heart defibrillators. SB658 went into effect Jan. 1, 2016 and effectively provided our community with a $100M savings each year. Next up?! In partnership with Santa Clara County, Racing Hearts will have deploy the most AEDs county wide as compared to anywhere in CA! In 2018, we successfully pioneered another AED bill which Governor Brown signed (Sept 2018) as the next step towards AED access for all. Specifically, SB 1397 ensures that all tenant improvements beginning in 2020 (e.g. both commercial buildings and apartments) with 200 or more people will have an AED onsite.

Financials

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RACING HEARTS

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephanie Martinson

Christy Augustine

Chief Customer Officer at BloomReach

Chase Behringer

Founder of CMB Advisors

Maryann Berkowitz

Marketing at Apple

Lisa Bernard

Former Employee at Charles Schwab & Co.

Dr. Cindy Chang

UCSF, Former CMO of 2012 Olympics

Anne Warner Cribbs

CEO of Cribbs & Co. and CEO of Bay Area Sports Organization Committee

Jon Goldman

Partner of Premier Properties Commercial Real Estate

Stephanie Martinson

Founder - Executive Director of RH, Speech Pathologist at Palo Alto Veteran Affairs Hospital

Heidi Salisbury

Clinical Nurse - Stanford Health Care

Shari Schoenfeld Meyers

Former Employee at McAfee and Intel