Our Initiatives

Community Outreach

This is one of our top initiatives as we use local funds to ensure everyone in West Tennessee has access to be the best quality heart and vascular care. Some examples of our community outreach include:

  • Demonstrating hands-only CPR/AED training free to citizens in our community.

  • Helping fund a Heart House in the community.

  • Funding technology to Gibson County EMS to transmit critical patient information while in route to the hospital.

  • Partnering to fund and develop Heart Camp an informational guide to all who undergo open-heart surgery.

Staff Education

Assisting with funds for new technology to Jackson General Hospital to have the most cutting-edge equipment for heart and vascular patients. Assisting with funds for training on new equipment. Funding for seminar attendance that will bring the latest education for treatments and diagnosis to West Tennessee.

Clinical Research

Accepting opportunities to fund a research program in the pursuit of knowledge for the best heart and vascular care but also to recruit the most talented physicians to bring or begin their practice here to West Tennessee.

4-Minute City

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and we are doing something to change that in our community! Friends of Heart is partnering with Avive Solutions, alongside The City of Jackson, the Jackson Fire Department, and West TN Healthcare to significantly increase survival rates of SCA in Jackson through a program called 4-Minute City.

Together, we plan to bring cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking ideas to Jackson by placing Avive's intelligent AEDs across the city and deploying their first-of-its-kind cardiac arrest response technology. Most importantly, we plan to work with the citizens of Jackson to create a culture of saving lives from cardiac arrest through free training and educational resources so that all of you are prepared to save a life. Learn more at avive.life/jackson

This project addresses the public health issue of Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurrences. This is a program that focuses on increasing survival rates of people in sudden cardiac arrest through free public training for hands-only CPR/AED and placement of connected AED’s in our community.

Three ways to get involved:

  1. Learn Hands-only CPR/AED Training either by scheduling an in-person class or going to our virtual training site where you can learn what to do if you witness an SCA incident. Chances are you will save the life of a loved one. 70% of out-of-hospital SCA occur in the home.

  2. Become a member of the Cardiac Arrest Rapid Engagement Team (CARE) led by the Jackson Fire Department.

  3. Give a donation of $1,500.00 to sponsor an AED in our community. This donation will supply a person on the CARE Team with a life-saving device and connectivity for five years.