Simon’s Heart Initiatives
In 2005, Simon’s Heart hosted one heart screening. Today, it hosts several and is engaged in local, regional and national initiatives that raise awareness and save lives.
AED Madness educates college basketball fans in the Greater Philadelphia area about the importance of AED devices. In partnership with the local NCAA institutions, fans watch a public service announcement at halftime and select a local facility that will receive an AED device.
Chain of Survival Relay is an engaging and educational way to teach students about surviving sudden cardiac arrest. Using the required elements – 911, CPR and AED – we created a relay race so that students can compete, have fun and learn life saving skills.
CPR Jukebox is an interactive display that uses music and rubber balls to teach concert and festival goers about CPR (or chest compressions). We’re launching at MusikFest in Bethlehem in August 2019!
GotAED is a crowdfunding site dedicated to getting AEDs where kids learn and play. It was launched by Simon’s Heart in 2017 to be a valuable resource for anyone needing an AED device. It’s simple. Set up a campaign, share your story, and begin crowdfunding for your AED device, cabinet and pediatric pads.
Overtime Challenge (originally Czech for Hearts) launched in 2015 with Jake Voracek and the Philadelphia Flyers. Jake donated $1,000 to Simon’s Heart every time the Flyers won in sudden death. In 2018, the program evolved. Today, the Flyers donate an AED device to a local youth facility every time they win in sudden death.
HeartBytes is a digital crowdsourcing platform for groups and organizations that conduct heart screenings. It streamlines the screening process by providing a standardized online system to collect and store data. It also creates the first-of-its-kind national cardiac registry of seemingly healthy kids. The data from the registry is deidentifed and provided to qualified researchers, free of charge.
Heartsavers is a music video created to teach students about sudden cardiac arrest. It comes with a school approved curriculum. So, who you gonna call?
Infant Heart Screenings. In partnership with the Corrine Santerian Newborn Clinic at Abington-Jefferson Hospital, two month old infants receive an ECG during their wellness check up.
Protect this Heart is an award winning video created to educate coaches about the risk and warning signs of cardiac arrest. Narrated by NBC’s Jimmy Roberts, coaches become better prepared to recognize a problem and seek appropriate help. It has become the leading educational tool on the subject in the country.
Screen Across America is a community of organizations that provide heart screenings for students. It was launched by Simon’s Heart in 2014 to bring awareness to the cause and connect screening groups with students across the country.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act is the first law in the country to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes. It was introduced by Simon’s Heart in 2012 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It requires parents and student athletes to learn about the risks and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. Coaches must get trained and remove players who exhibit symptoms.
Sudden Death Shootout is a tradition at Simon’s Heart to kick off Simon Says Golf, an annual fundraiser. The golfers circle the putting green with hockey sticks in hand, and all at once, they putt a numbered ball toward the hole. The golfer whose ball lands closest to the hole wins tickets to a Philadelphia Flyers game and gets to select a local youth facility to receive an AED device.
Youth Heart Screenings are provided throughout the year, free of charge. The screening includes a detailed medical and family history, physical exam and electrocardiogram. Some students also receive an echocardiogram. All of the data is de-identified, stored in HeartBytes, and made available to researchers, free of charge.