Capital CDC Chosen as Recipient of Heart Hospital of Austin’s Community AED Program

AUSTIN, Texas—Capital CDC has been chosen as a recipient of Heart Hospital of Austin’s Community Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program, designed to distribute AED devices and provide life-saving education to organizations that host large numbers of people.

“We are pleased to have been selected to receive this life-saving device and training, courtesy of Heart Hospital of Austin,” Thomas Braasch, Executive Director of Capital CDC, said. “While we hope we will never need to use it, it is comforting to know that we have the equipment in place, and the knowledge to use it, should we ever need it. We hope this will provide peace of mind for our employees, customers and other building tenants as well.”

Capital CDC was selected through an application review process based on the average number of people within Capital CDC, its plan to extend life-saving knowledge to others within the organization, its proximity to Heart Hospital of Austin and its overall mission, among other criteria.

“We know that AEDs can save lives during cardiac emergencies, and that these AEDs and the education we are providing will have a direct impact on countless lives,” David Laird, chief executive officer at Heart Hospital of Austin, said. “Of course, having an AED on site is only part of the life-saving process. Knowing how to appropriately use one is critical in achieving optimal outcomes, and annual training is required for safe and effective use. Heart Hospital of Austin is committed to not only making sure the Austin community is equipped with life-saving AEDs, but also teaching citizens how to use them.”

Heart Hospital of Austin will provide Capital CDC with annual AED training and CPR certification for three consecutive years.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are 300,000 to 400,000 deaths per year in the United States from cardiac arrest, and most cardiac arrest deaths occur outside of a hospital setting. In 1999 and 2000, 815 of 6,339 workplace fatalities reported to OSHA were caused by cardiac arrest.

Capital CDC

Capital CDC is a leading, private, non-profit provider of small business financing throughout Texas.  In 1993, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) certified Capital CDC to act as a facilitator of the SBA’s 504 Loan Program and to act as a catalyst for economic development. Since that time, Capital CDC has worked with hundreds of small businesses and partnered with multiple financial institutions to assist with financing of building acquisitions, construction projects, and machinery and equipment loans.

When it comes to the success of a small business, one of the biggest hurdles is securing competitive financing terms to make the necessary investments. Drawing from years of practical experience in the utilization of SBA products, we offer a unique blend of expertise to capture the most benefit for our customers.

 Capital CDC’s main office is located at 1250 South Capital of Texas Hwy., Building 1, Suite 600, Austin, Texas 78746.

 Heart Hospital of Austin

Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Heart Hospital of Austin is a shared vision of local cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Working with hospital leadership, the physicians created an atmosphere of quality, resulting in the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades®—a leading independent health ratings organization. In July 2009, a study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Heart Hospital of Austin was the leading hospital in the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Heart Hospital of Austin has also been named one of the top cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters for six years, and it was also recently named to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) in conjunction with its parent campus, St. David’s Medical Center. In addition to providing a full range of cardiovascular services and an advanced Executive Wellness Program, Heart Hospital of Austin has a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department. Heart Hospital of Austin is a St. David’s Medical Center facility. For more information, please visit