A Hero to Fellow Responders

A Hero to Fellow Responders


Jay and Christine AkleyFirst responders receive thousands of medical calls each year. They are first to arrive on the scene to provide emergency assistance. Thanks to the philanthropic spirit of Jay and Christina Akley of Popular Grove, paramedics and emergency medical services (EMS) students will be better equipped in emergency situations. Through the purchase of a new mobile simulator, medics and EMS students around the northern region will learn best practices for improving quality care, treatment, services, safety and outcomes for patients. The invaluable skills the students will obtain from the mobile simulation trailer would not be possible without the Akley’s gift to the OSF HealthCare Foundation.

On August 9 at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, the new state-of-the-art mobile health care simulator was blessed by Deacon, Armando Regalado. Jay and Christina were honored for their decision to make an impact on the health and education in the Rockford community.

“As a retired first responder, I am well aware of the trauma victims experience in the first minutes of an injury and have seen the lack of skill some summoned to help possess,” said Jay. “This equipment will provide those skills, and I am grateful to be a part of this program that OSF has initiated.” The simulator will train EMS workers with very realistic conditions to treat patients in an emergency situation.

Because of the Akley’s, the EMS mobile simulation trailer will ensure these heroes have the critical training they need to answer your call. For more information on how you can make a difference in your community, contact the OSF HealthCare Foundation at (815) 395-5514 or email Ryan Duvall today.