To save one life is as if to save the world.

- The Talmud



Ben Bobrow, MD, Paula Brazil, Russell Vossbrink, Kathie Reilly, Tom Francis, Margaret MullinsThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in cooperation with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and the Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE (Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education) Program, launched the Arizona Affiliate of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network™ in June 2010. The Network gives survivors and their families an opportunity to find others who have experienced this lifeā€changing event, share experiences and help one another in the healing process, and participate in research and awareness initiatives designed to help save more lives.

“Through the Network, we aim to create a nucleus of survivors who will not only receive the support they need, but also find ways to channel efforts to raise awareness and save other lives,” said Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, Medical Director, Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of EMS and Trauma System, SHARE Program, and HeartRescue Project Partner. More...

The program was originally announced in January 2010. More...


February 19, 2013: Celebrate Survival Arizona Department of Health Services' SHARE Program Celebrate Survival had a reunion of sudden cardiac arrest survivors and their rescuers.


Cardiac Arrest and CPR

Action Items

  • To join the Arizona Affiliate, contact kreilly [at] fusd1 [dot] org (Kathie Reilly)Coordinator.
  • To view Kathie's profile page, click here. (Must be a member of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network. To join SCAN, click here.)
  • To comment in the Arizona Affiliate Forum, click here. (Must be a member of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network. To join SCAN, click here.)

Arizona SHARE PROGRAMUniversity of Arizona Sarver Heart CenterArizona SHARE - Save Hearts in Arizona Registry & Education
Save Hearts in Arizona Registry & Education 

MISSION: Our vision is for Arizona to have the best survival rate in the world for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).

The SHARE program, created by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, promotes public awareness and conducts education and research. SHARE is designed to advance OHCA research and identify new strategies to save lives.

SHARE maintains statewide registries for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and cardiac arrest victims (CA). The registries are designed for quality improvement. The goal is to improve cardiac arrest survival through implementing scientifically proven strategies for EMS and non-EMS personnel.

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Arizona Survivors

Kathie Reilly - 33-year-old elementary school teacher survived sudden cardiac arrest through her husband's quick action

Kathie Harden

Read Kathie's story here.

Christian Broadwell - Arizona Ironman 2005 and 2006

Christian Broadwell

Russell Vossbrink - 36-year-old survived sudden cardiac arrest with the help of new lifesaving technique developed in Arizona.

Russell Vossbrink

Russell Vossbrink, a civilian Department of Public Safety employee, suddenly collapsed while at the DPS Crime Lab on March 24. His heart - and breathing - stopped. After two DPS security officers placed an automatic defibrillator (AED) on the victim, Phoenix Fire Department crews began using Cardiocerebral Resuscitation or "CCR," a cutting edge alternative to standard paramedic resuscitation developed at The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.

Russell Vossbrink is alive today. Many are not so lucky – in 2004, the average survival of patients with out of hospital cardiac arrest was three percent in Arizona.

CCR is a new approach to out of hospital cardiac arrest for emergency medical service (EMS) personnel. A recent report in JAMA, one of the world’s foremost medical journals, showed survival rates following out of hospital cardiac arrest increased three-fold when emergency medical personnel used CCR, which focuses on continuous chest compressions and delays placement of a breathing tube. More than 2,000 EMS firefighters have been trained in the protocol.

Tom Francis - 67-year-old mountain bike enthusiast saved by latest EMS technology

Tom Francis