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Karen Campf

Director of Nursing Education

Alliance Community Hospital

Direct Phone: (330) ***-****       

Email: k***@***.org

Alliance Community Hospital

200 E State St

Alliance, Ohio 44601

United States

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The Colleagues of Alliance Community Hospital have long known it, but now the entire state -and even the country- is also aware that ACH is one of Northeast Ohio's best places to work. Alliance Community Hospital was among the 99 facilities honored with... more

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Director of Nursing Educational Services

Alliance Community Hospital



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"We're so proud to be standing here in front of you today, unveiling these AEDs," said Karen Campf, RN, BSN, CCRN, Director of Nursing Educational Services at ACH.

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People think breast cancer or ovarian cancer even, but (heart disease) is the No. 1 killer for women," said Karen Campf, director of educational services at Alliance Community Hospital.

The reason the disease claims so many lives, Campf said, is because women are often too busy to take care of their own health needs and tend to ignore the symptoms of a heart attack. In women, these symptoms may also be mistaken for the flu because they can include things like cold sweats, nausea, stomach pains and shortness of breath.
Campf said there are numerous stories about women being caught off guard by heart attacks because of the symptoms they had, including younger women.
"As women, we're used to taking care of everybody else. We don't think about ourselves, so when we have symptoms like that we really do brush it off," she said. "If somebody else had those symptoms, we'd be getting them to the doctor or the hospital, but we just think, 'Oh, I've got the flu, I've got a bad cold, I'm just under too much stress.'"
Campf said if your symptoms persist or you have shortness of breath when walking a flight of stairs, it is time to seek help, especially if you have a strong family history of heart disease.
While you can't do anything about heredity, Campf said there are some things that you can do to lower your risk of heart disease:
"You need to look at your lifestyle and (ask) what changes do I need to make so that I don't have problems with my heart," Campf added.
Campf said this is what leads to chest discomfort and shortness of breath. For those who do have a heart attack, getting help immediately is important.
"You need to get to the emergency room because there's so many things we can do now to stop that heart attack and prevent the damage to your heart," she said.
Campf, who began her more-than-30-year career in nursing in the intensive coronary unit, is amazed by the changes that have taken place in medical care for heart attacks. Not only have stays in the hospital shortened, but if patients get help in time, damage can even be prevented. Campf said the goal of ACH staff is to get heart attack patients into a cath lab at Aultman or Mercy hospitals within 90 minutes.
"It's awesome to see how wonderful (the treatments are) and the lives that we're saving because of the technology that we have. But the more important thing is stopping that heart disease from occurring all together," she added.
To continue that ultimate goal, the most important things are education and lowering risk factors.
"I do think the education is working and a woman is more apt to think, 'Could this be my heart?' than she would have in the past when it was thought of as such a man disease," Campf said.

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"We're so proud to be standing here in front of you today, unveiling these AEDs," said Karen Campf, RN, BSN, CCRN, Director of Nursing Educational Services at ACH.

The AEDs are located in the main lobbies of the hospital and its Professional Office Building, as well as in its adjacent exercise center, "The Sweat Shop."
Campf thanked the dozens of staff members in attendance not only for participating in the ceremony but also for funding the project.
Campf told the audience that, from a health and safety standpoint, AEDs are a vital tool. She noted that, traditionally, only trained medical professionals were able to interpret the heart rhythms on manual defibrillator devices.
Campf said manual defibrillators work by giving the heart a controlled electric shock, forcing all the heart muscles to contract at once, and, ideally jolting it back into a regular rhythm. She will be leading a team in AED in the near future.
ACH Colleagues (from left to right) Director of Quality Services Sue Feller, Director of Cardio Pulmonary Services BJ Hatton, Director of Nursing Educational Services Karen Campf, Director of Critical Care Units Debbie Clemens, and ICU/PCU Coordinator Becky Glista were part of the dedication ceremony.

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(L to R): ACH Director of Educational Services Karen Campf, RN, BSN, CCRN, ACH Director of Critical Care Debbie Clemens, and ACH Vice-President of Nursing Amy Antonacci, RN, BSN represented ACH at the event in Columbus.

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Karen Campf:KCampf@achosp.org Phone 330-596-7145 Fax 330-596-7148

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