Free CPR Training Turns Teachers into Students

Mississippi Baptist Medical Center hosted free CPR training for 18 5th–12th-grade Yazoo County teachers at Trinity Episcopal Church in Yazoo City, Mississippi. The training included a full day of teaching, testing, demonstrating and return demonstration.

“Each year, the Education Resource Center staff adopt a community project. The project chosen this year was to train CPR to high school teachers in Yazoo City, Mississippi,” said Brenda Castleberry, director of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center’s Education Resource Center. “As part of the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center culture, training is internal and extends externally to meet the needs of the employees and community.”

The rationale for this project was to teach the teachers how to do CPR in the event anyone at the school or community would need resuscitation. After the training, the teachers must successfully pass a written test and complete return demonstration.

“It was rewarding to know that the registered nurses were teaching the community how to react in the event of an emergency. The team is very dedicated to sharing their knowledge and skills,” said Brenda.

“Equipping our teachers to perform CPR and save lives is central to our mission at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center,” said Caitlin Hayden, community relations coordinator for Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. “We are committed to healing, preaching and teaching, and I can’t think of a better way to use our expertise and resources than to teach educators how to respond in emergency situations. We look forward to continuing to partner with Yazoo County to advance the health and wellness of our community.”