How do you EHAC?

As you wander around your county fair, tasting the latest in fried-goodness, don’t be surprised to see an EHAC booth. Why? Because ONE person decided that the message of EHAC is so vital, she is spending her weekend sharing the life-saving education with a potential audience of 90,000 people. But this is her story. What’s yours?

Over the past few months, Dr. Bahr has shared his personal message with all 800+ accredited facilities. Using e-mail, snail mail and phone calls, Dr. Bahr has outlined EHAC education and urged you to take part in the movement. And the results have been amazing. In July, there were only about 3,000 people who had taken the oath. Today there are almost 20,000. And the numbers continue to grow. However, we received a big surprise as the numbers grew – people sent us stories that backfilled the movement and the message with a new kind of magic.

One story is about a 17-year old volunteer who took the EHAC course and subsequently saved a man’s life by recognizing the signs and getting him immediate care. Another is about a rural hospital that doesn’t have a lot of doctors, but they have great attendance at their health fair and a close-knit community that took the oath in order to take care of their neighbors.

“I started EHAC because I missed the opportunity to save a friend,” said Dr. Bahr. “Originally, I just wanted hospitals to share the message with their employees. I never imagined that people would take the education and share it with their communities in so many life-altering ways.”

Dr. Bahr’s icon for EHAC is Deputy Heart Attack. “Back in earlier days, the deputy was the source of news and he could deputize entire towns into taking up a cause to protect the citizens,” said Dr. Bahr. “But that message could spread from town to town like a wildfire. And it has. It’s simply amazing to see so many people deputizing others into saving a life.”

So, how do you EHAC? Whether you are deputizing your hospital employees, sharing the message at a PTA meeting, or if you’ve put your EHAC skills to the test, send us your story via e-mail so we can keep spreading the magic behind this life-saving movement.

Respectfully, Raymond D.Bahr MD.

Dr. Raymond Bahr's Articles & Videos

Dr. Raymond Bahr writes articles about the EHAC movement. He has also done several videos that outline the importance of Early Heart Attack Care.

Meet the Deputy Heart Attack Founder

Dr. Raymond Bahr

Dr. Raymond Bahr is passionate about cardiac care and preventive education. As the founding father of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (now ACC Accreditation Services), his passion to disseminate lifesaving information is a driving force behind the Deputy Heart Attack Program. Throughout his career, he has created multiple programs to help others understand the life saving measures that can save a life. In 1981 at St. Agnes Hospital, Dr. Bahr established the Chest Pain Emergency Department (CPED), the first such unit in the world. The initial purpose of this CPED was prompt and effective treatment of patients presenting with heart attack/sudden death. The CPED was coupled with an aggressive education program that taught the community the early warning signs of a heart attack. This education program extended to middle and high school students via health and science curricula.