Health care library’s Wellness Wednesday meeting will discuss sudden cardiac arrest on August 26

_RC20201The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Help Save a Life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

The speaker on Aug. 26 will be Maureen O’Connor, program manager, San Diego Project Heart Beat, the city of San Diego’s Public Access Defibrillation/CPR program managed by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

O’Connor will discuss the simple steps of quick recognition and response to cardiac arrest. Attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on experience of using an automatic external defibrillator (AED).

San Diego Project Heart Beat’s objective is to make AED devices as accessible as fire extinguishers in public and private places throughout the community. Its mission is to save lives by placing AEDs throughout San Diego County and to provide CPR/AED education and awareness.

The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit