Monday, December 18, 2017

GREENCASTLE, Pa.  – If you ask community members about Manny Diaz, you are likely to see a smile and hear a story about his involvement in many community initiatives around the Chambersburg community.

Diaz, who passed away earlier this year, was a pastor in the Chambersburg area and deeply involved in several initiatives, including working closely with Camp Joy-El, a Christian camp and retreat located near Greencastle.

In an effort to honor his commitment to the Franklin County community, Summit Health recently donated an AED defibrillator to Camp Joy-El.

“Camp Joy-El has long enriched our community on many levels with its programs and many camps, especially those for children,” explained Senior Vice President of Summit Physician Services Niki Hinckle. “After receiving a request for the camp to have this life-saving equipment on hand in the event of an unfortunate medical emergency, we decided the donation was the perfect way to honor Manny Diaz and all of his contributions to Summit Health and the surrounding community.”

An AED, or an automated external defibrillator, is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

Thursday Summit Health officials presented the AED to Camp Joy-El staff and to Manny’s wife, Jan. A clinical educator from Summit Health also attended, to teach Camp Joy-El staff how to properly use the device in the event of an emergency.

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.