Gundersen Lutheran donates AED

This year, six local high schools are celebrating 25-consecutive-year partnerships with Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine athletic training services, including Bangor, Caledonia, Cashton, La Crescent, Luther and Melrose-Mindoro.

As a token of Gundersen Lutheran’s appreciation for the schools’ commitment to athletic training excellence, each school was presented with a portable AED (automated external defibrillator) during a basketball game.

In Caledonia the presentation took place during the Feb. 7 girls game against Dover-Eyota.

“We’d like to thank the Bangor, Caledonia, Cashton, La Crescent, Luther and Melrose-Mindoro high schools for their longstanding dedication to us as members of their athletic teams. We are fortunate to provide their student athletes with quality care, including injury prevention and evaluation, treatment, rehab, return-to-play guidelines and sport-specific conditioning,” said Joe LaMere, MS, ATC, PES, lead athletic trainer, Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine.

Portable AEDs save lives. That is one of the reasons Gundersen Lutheran worked in cooperation with the Seven Rivers Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) to make the AED donation a reality. “The new portable AEDs will reside at each of the schools, so coaches, staff and our athletic trainers have easy access if a medical emergency were to occur during practice, a sporting event or even during the school day,” LaMere said.

The six high schools being honored are among 38 collegiate, high school and middle schools that currently have contracts with Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine. In addition, Gundersen Lutheran provides coverage for the La Crosse Loggers and Coulee Region Chill.