Project ADAM honors school nurse for CPR and AED excellence

Karen Smith Award

Janette Strasburger, MD, cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the Fox Valley and Project ADAM advisor (left), presents Kathy Verstegen (right) with the Karen Smith Award.

Every year Project ADAM presents the Karen Smith Award to a person who demonstrates a high level of passion, innovation and excellence in serving as a role model for their school’s CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) program. The award is named after Karen Smith, a nursing services coordinator for the Pewaukee School District who was a pioneer and leader in school health and safety. This year, Project ADAM is honoring Kathy Verstegen, a school nurse with the Kimberly Area School District, as the 2012 recipient of the Karen Smith Award.

Kathy was selected for this honor because of her instrumental role in establishing an AED program in her district. Since 2001, when the AED program was launched in the Kimberly Area School District, 13 AEDs have been purchased. Kathy is responsible for AED maintenance and placement, along with education for staff and students. She educates more than 150 staff, students and community members each year in CPR and AED use. As recipient of this award, Kathy will receive a $600 grant to be used toward advancing the CPR/AED program.

As Project ADAM administrator, I assist nurses and school personnel in establishing and raising awareness of their school’s CPR/AED program. I am truly impressed with Kathy’s efforts and look forward to seeing the CPR/AED program at Kimberly Area School District continue to grow. Join me in congratulating Kathy for her dedication and hard work!

~ Debra Klich, Project ADAM administrator, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) is a not-for-profit program of Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The mission of the program is to serve children and adolescents through education and deployment of life-saving programs that help prevent sudden cardiac arrest.

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