Weisiger Group Adopts Cardiac Emergency Response Plan, Leads Trend for American Heart Association’s Charlotte Mission


CHARLOTTEDecember 6, 2023—As the American Heart Association launches the Nation of Lifesavers movement across the country, one important strategy is the adoption of Cardiac Emergency Response Plans (CERP) for companies and organizations in local markets.

Leading the effort, longtime American Heart Association supporter, Weisiger Group, with distinguished brands like Carolina Cat and LiftOne, recently implemented a CERP that includes protocol for internal Cardiac Emergency Response Personnel, placement and maintenance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), employee training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and AED use, integration of local first responders, and use of the Association’s tools and resources.

“As a trailblazing, family-owned organization, we are proud to be the first company in the Charlotte area to implement a robust CERP, in partnership with the American Heart Association,” said Stacy Gray, SVP and General Counsel of Weisiger Group. “Many sudden cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals, including locations such as corporate offices, construction sites, and warehouse/fulfillment centers.”

“Safety is the top priority in our business,” said Gray. “We are always looking to advance our safety culture, and implementing a CERP is a great initiative to help protect the health and well-being of our employees.”

According to the American Heart Association, 7 out of 10 people in America say they feel powerless to act in the face of a cardiac emergency. As a result, less than half of all people who need this lifesaving skill receive CPR from bystanders before professional help arrives.

“The Association is challenging everyone to join the Nation of Lifesavers and commit to making CPR and AED awareness and education a permanent fixture in all communities across the country,” said Shannon Emmanuel, VP of Community Impact for the American Heart Association in Charlotte.

For more information on CERP opportunities through the American Heart Association, contact Shannon Emmanuel at Shannon.emmanuel@heart.org.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Weisiger Group

Founded in 1926, Weisiger Group is the Southeast’s premier equipment and service provider for the construction, electric power generation and material handling industries. The family-owned company now has its fourth generation of leadership and has built its business based on the principles of trust, integrity, innovation, and a desire to help its customers and employees succeed. Weisiger Group represents companies including Carolina CatLiftOneSITECH HorizonPrime SourceHydraulics ExpressPower Products & Solutions, and BlueSkye Automation. Learn more at WeisigerGroup.com.

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