Originally published May 22, 2006 in MeetingNews
Chicago's McCormick Place, the nation's largest convention center, has received certification of its emergency-response program for people suffering heart attacks.
McCormick Place is the first meeting facility certified by CR Certification Corp. through the firm's CardioReady program, which promotes American Heart Association guidelines for protecting guests and employees at hotels and other meeting facilities from sudden cardiac arrest.
"We are proud that McCormick Place is the first convention facility in the country to implement the use of automated external defibrillators," said Leticia Peralta Davis, chief executive of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which owns and operates McCormick Place. "The certification of McCormick Place as CardioReady acknowledges our ongoing commitment to client safety and health."
McCormick Place currently has 62 automated external defibrillators available for public access throughout the facility. More than 250 safety officers, managers, tradespeople and tenants combined have been trained to use the defibrillators and certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Requirements for receiving certification include medical supervision, strategic placement of automated external defibrillators in facilities, trained staff, documented equipment-testing and maintenance programs, coordination with local emergency-response agencies, and compliance with government regulations.
CardioReady-certified facilities will be identified throughout the OnVantage Marketplace for Meetings, a meetings-venue online search engine that is accessible via several websites, including MiMegasite.com. OnVantage is a partner with CR Certification Corp. in the CardioReady program.