ABOUT US CONTACT US


Training Can Be a Real Life Saver

By Jeanne Ridgway

By Bob Shryock

Gloucester County Times | October 20, 2007

Sanford “Sandy” Gips witnessed the death of a close friend and high school classmate in Cleveland, Ohio when they were both 17 years old. His friend, who was jogging, died of a heart attack. His friend’s father was a cardiologist whose bookshelves were crammed with medical books.

So the irony has never been lost on Gips. Regardless of the volume of knowledge physicians have, there’s little that can be done for a victim of sudden cardiac arrest without the presence of an automated external defibrillator (AED) or someone who is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Motivated partly by his friend’s death, Gips is now Dr. Sanford Gips — a cardiologist.

And the memory of the event motivates him to offer AED and CPR training, free of charge, to the public.

Believing that AEDs should be as common in homes as smoke detectors, Gips’ 24-member cardiologist team, Cardiovascular Associates of the Delaware Valley (CADV), provides periodic training through the “Save a Life Initiative” he created.

The next training session will be today at the Washington Township Senior Center, 315 Greentree Road, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Gips presiding.

Gips, who resides in Moorestown, has six South Jersey offices including Sewell, Sicklerville, and Elmer.

He said he “pitched the idea” to his fellow cardiologists about a year ago and received positive response.

“My idea,” Gips says, “is to encourage people to purchase a defibrillator.” He notes that fewer than one in 1,000 have one. AEDs are designed to allow people who are minimally trained to respond to cardiac emergencies. They’re programmed to analyze the heart’s electrical function and provide stimulation to the heart.

Gips will speak at today’s session and also offer training. His wife, Debra, son, Gordon, 15, and daughter, Julia, 12, also will participate.

Gips, who received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins, is Assistant Medical Director at Cooper Center for Interventional Cardiology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ School of Medicine.

IN THE NEWS
March 1, 2018 Heart House and Virtua Foundation Purchase AEDs for Camden, Burlington County

SNJ Today/February 28, 2018 The Heart House and Virtua Foundation have purchased 25 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that can save […]

Our Locations

Marlton
P: 856.795.2227
F: 856.795.7436

Our Locations

Haddon Heights
P: 856.546.3003
F: 856.547.5337

Our Locations

Virtua-Washington Township
P: 856.582.2000
F: 856.582.3413

Our Locations

Washington Township
P: 856.582.2000
F: 856.582.2061

Our Locations

Elmer
P: 856.358.2363
F: 856.358.0725

Our Locations

Vineland
P: 856.691.8070
F: 856.691.8074

Our Locations

Woodbury
P: 856-546-3003
F: 856.547.5337

Our Locations

Sicklerville
P: 856.691.8070
F: 856.691.8074