Maury Regional Health Care Foundation funds cardiac monitor for fire department


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation recently funded equipment for Columbia Fire & Rescue (CFR) Station No. 3 to allow first responders to provide on-scene cardiac monitoring for patients experiencing a medical emergency.

The Zoll X-series monitor is now in service at CFR Fire Station No. 3 and is the same equipment used by Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The device features 12-lead technology that enables first responders to assess the patient’s heart function and share valuable information ahead of a patient’s arrival to an emergency room and mobilize a cardiac catheterization laboratory if necessary.

“During a cardiac incident, every second counts,” said Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore. “That’s why the Foundation is pleased to be able to provide this life-saving resource for our first responders at Columbia Fire & Rescue, empowering them to act quickly and appropriately on calls for patients experiencing a possible heart attack.”

The Foundation provided approximately $35,000 to purchase the cardiac monitor for CFR Station No. 3. In 2018, the Foundation also provided an additional $35,000 to purchase a Zoll X-series monitor for CFR Station No. 1.

“In order to provide the highest level of care to our community, emergency responders need to be outfitted with the best equipment,” said CFR Chief Ty Cobb. “Thanks to our partnership with Maury Regional Health and the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation, our emergency responders have the most modern and advanced equipment available to handle all types of medical emergencies. Our residents can be assured they will be receiving optimum care and transport.”

Signs of a heart attack can include chest discomfort, discomfort in other parts of the upper body (arm, jaw, back or neck), shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, nausea, light-headedness and/or cold sweat. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, immediately call 911. 

Since 2006, the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation has funded nearly $3.4 million in programs and services for at-risk and underserved patients across southern Middle Tennessee. These programs include the mobile medical unit, medication and transportation assistance, community health initiatives, a food bank for discharged patients in need, educational support, employee assistance and more. For more information, call 931.380.4075 or visit

Pictured (l-r) with the new Zoll X-series monitor are Maury Regional AEMT Frank Lanotte and Paramedic William Miles; Maury Regional EMS Director Brian Hupp; Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore; CFR Chief Ty Cobb; Maury Regional EMS Community Health Manager Kimberly Markgraf; CFR Community Risk Reduction Coordinator Hanna Miller; Maury Regional EMS Assistant Director Amanda Schatz; and CFR Firefighters Will Craft and Joey Norman.

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