Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is now one of only six companies in the state to be designated a HEARTSafe Workplace by the Connecticut Department of Health.
“Charter Oak is pleased to have met and exceeded the Connecticut Department of Health’s guidelines for becoming a HEARTSafe Workplace,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s Chief Executive Officer. “Being among only six companies in the state of Connecticut to receive this designation is something we’re really proud of.” Charter Oak received this designation in September.
Recognizing that people spend the majority of their lives in their workplace, the Connecticut Department of Health began the HEARTSafe Workplace program to foster environments that improve the survival odds for people suffering sudden cardiac events, such as cardiac arrests or heart attacks. The key to the program has been dubbed by the American Heart Association as the Chain of Survival. The Chain of Survival has four vital links: early access to emergency care; early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); early defibrillation with automated external defibrillators (AEDs); and early advanced care.
A HEARTSafe Workplace promotes and supports: CPR/AED training for a minimum of 10 percent of staff; public access to defibrillation through strategic placement of AEDs; health promotion activities and events for employees; and a written emergency action plan. It is a three-year designation.
Earlier this year, Charter Oak announced that 38 employees received CPR/AED training and certification, and in addition, AEDs were installed in nine of 12 Charter Oak branches. All 12 Charter Oak branches now have access to AEDs and more than twenty percent of their workforce is CPR/AED trained and certified.
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Groton, Connecticut, offers a broad range of financial services – including checking, deposit, lending, insurance and investments – to individuals, businesses, nonprofits and professionals in New London and Windham counties. If you live, work, worship, attend school or volunteer in New London and Windham counties, we invite you to do business with us. For more information about what Charter Oak can offer you, please visit www.CharterOak.org.