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Longview, TX – The CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview Auxiliary will be recognized for their generous donation for the purchase of 100 “Stop-the-Bleed” kits during a reception scheduled for September 27, from 3 – 4 p.m., in the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview Board Room at 700 E. Marshall.

With the support of the Auxiliary’s donation, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd will continue their efforts in the national “Stop the Bleed” campaign, partnering with Champion EMS and the Longview Fire Department to help educate and supply the school districts of the Longview area. The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters.

The donated kits will be distributed around Longview and its surrounding areas served by Champion EMS, such as Hallsville, Jefferson, White Oak and more.

“CHRISTUS Good Shepherd is so thankful for this donation from director Pat Watson and all the wonderful members of the Auxiliary, for their dedication to improving the health of this community and for their ongoing support of our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ,” said Missie Banda, RN, CCRN, Trauma Services Manager at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System. “With training kits provided through the Regional Advisory Council Trauma Service Area G, we are providing instruction to personnel in the schools, as a part of ‘Stop the Bleed’ program. This initiative serves to increase awareness of the importance of knowing lifesaving techniques. Providing kits for each campus of every school district starts the conversation and highlights the importance of being prepared in the event of an emergency – from a disaster to an accident in class.”

The Stop the Bleed campaign is already underway in the Longview area, as Champion EMS and the Longview Fire Department have begun some training. However, October 5, is the big kickoff event, where community partners from CHRISTUS Good Shepherd, Longview Fire Department, Champion EMS and Leading Edge Medical Specialists will visit and train at 11 schools across Longview ISD.

“Stop the Bleed helps us prepare for events that truly impact the whole community, so it is important that the community comes together to offer training and support,” said Banda. “In many disaster events, often it is the non-medical personnel that are forced to act as the real first responders. These kits – and more importantly the training that goes with them – can truly help save lives. With the generosity of the Auxiliary and the dedication of our providers, Associates and medical community, we are empowering them to make a difference if they are called upon.”

“Our ongoing support of this incredibly important program would not be possible without the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Auxiliary, and we are lucky to be supported by this group that cares so much about the health of Longview and East Texas,” said Banda.