DuPage Medical Group donates AED unit to serve Rotary Hill and the Riverwalk

April 20, 2017

Thanks to a gen­er­ous dona­tion from DuPage Med­ical Group, the Naperville Park Dis­trict recent­ly installed an Auto­mat­ic Exter­nal Defib­ril­la­tor (AED) at the River­walk Café, locat­ed at 441 Auro­ra Ave. along the Naperville River­walk at Rotary Hill. 

Accord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion there are more than 350,000 Emer­gency Med­ical Ser­vices-assessed car­diac arrests out­side of a hos­pi­tal set­ting each year in the US. With the help of CPR and an AED, a vic­tim’s chance of sur­vival can more than dou­ble, which is why it is so impor­tant for this equip­ment to be read­i­ly avail­able in pub­lic places.” said Den­nis Fine, Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer for DuPage Med­ical Group. While we hope that this equip­ment nev­er needs to be used, DuPage Med­ical Group is proud to sup­port the Naperville com­mu­ni­ty by donat­ing an AED to assist in life­sav­ing mea­sures at Naperville parks”. 

The AED is mount­ed in a high­ly vis­i­ble wall unit fac­ing the Mil­len­ni­um Car­il­lon. The unit hous­es the AED secure­ly, is eas­i­ly rec­og­niz­able and includes a call but­ton to con­nect a user direct­ly to a Pub­lic Safe­ty Answer­ing Point. If the dis­patch­er deter­mines that the user is in need of the AED, they can release the door remote­ly from the dis­patch cen­ter, while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly dis­patch­ing Fire, EMS, and Police to the scene. 

We are grate­ful to DuPage Med­ical Group for their sup­port of this project,” said Park Dis­trict Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Ray McGury. 

Over the past few years, in part­ner­ship with DuPage Med­ical Group and the Naperville Fire Depart­ment, sim­i­lar AED units have been placed in sev­er­al of the Park Dis­tric­t’s large parks, includ­ing Nike Sports Com­plex, Fron­tier Sports Com­plex, DuPage Riv­er Sports Com­plex, Com­mis­sion­ers Park and Knoch Park. 

The River­walk Café is a per­fect loca­tion for an AED, eas­i­ly acces­si­ble to the thou­sands of vis­i­tors who attend Last Fling or walk along the River­walk,” added McGury. 

The River­walk Café, for­mer­ly the River­walk Eatery, opened in June 2016 fea­tur­ing a spa­cious patio with a pic­turesque view and a menu that includes a vari­ety of snack foods, com­fort foods, cof­fee and tea, soft drinks, beer and wine. The Café is open on week­ends in April, weath­er per­mit­ting, with a lim­it­ed menu and will open dai­ly for the sea­son with a full menu begin­ning Fri­day, May 5. 

About the Naperville Park District 

Cre­at­ed in 1966, the Naperville Park Dis­trict is an inde­pen­dent, munic­i­pal agency serv­ing the recre­ation needs of its res­i­dents. An Illi­nois Dis­tin­guished Agency since 1994, the Dis­trict is one of only 1% of park dis­tricts across the coun­try to be nation­al­ly accred­it­ed through the Com­mis­sion for Accred­i­ta­tion of Park and Recre­ation Agen­cies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park Dis­tric­t’s mis­sion is to pro­vide recre­ation and park expe­ri­ences that enhance the qual­i­ty of life for our com­mu­ni­ty, includ­ing ben­e­fits such as com­mu­ni­ty health, envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion, social con­nec­tions, and per­son­al growth. The Dis­trict main­tains and oper­ates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and pro­vides more than 1,500 recre­ation­al, arts and envi­ron­men­tal pro­grams and spe­cial events annu­al­ly. Includ­ed with­in the Dis­tric­t’s oper­a­tions are two cham­pi­onship golf cours­es, a mul­ti­tude of play­grounds, trails, ath­let­ic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activ­i­ty Cen­ter, Knoch Knolls Nature Cen­ter, two inline skat­ing and skate­board­ing facil­i­ties, the Mil­len­ni­um Car­il­lon, a pad­dle boat quar­ry, his­toric Cen­ten­ni­al Beach, and the beau­ti­ful Riverwalk. 

About DuPage Med­ical Group 

With more than 600 physi­cians and in more than 75 loca­tions, DuPage Med­ical Group is the largest inde­pen­dent, mul­ti-spe­cial­ty physi­cian group in the Chica­go area, pro­vid­ing physi­cian-direct­ed health care focused on qual­i­ty, effi­cien­cy and access. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it www​.duly​healthand​care​.com.