Ninth annual Lakeview Health Foundation Community Breakfast raises $44,000

The Lakeview Health Foundation held its ninth annual Community Breakfast last month, raising $44,000 for patient and community projects supported by the foundation.

About 200 people attended the complimentary breakfast at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. The program included speeches by Chris Jesmer, husband to Jeanine Jesmer, who spoke about his experience giving CPR to his wife before handing over to a Lakeview EMS crew last year.

Chris Jesmer, who wife, Jeanine, was attended by Lakeview EMS following sudden cardiac arrest, addresses Community Breakfast attendees. (Photo courtesy of Lakeview Health Foundation)

Jeanine had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest but survived thanks to her husband following CPR directions from the 911 operator and the subsequent efforts by the EMS team.

Lakeview EMS manager Jon Muller, right, with Helene Houle, left, whose generous donation to the foundation funded the ambulance pictured. (Photo courtesy of Lakeview Health Foundation)

Other speakers included representatives from Lakeview EMS and Helene Houle, whose generous donation to the foundation enabled the purchase of a new ambulance last year.

“We are grateful that the community continues to show how strongly it values the work of emergency medical service in our region,” said Paul Erickson, Executive Director of Lakeview Health Foundation. “It’s a service that we all hope we will never need to use, but are so thankful in the event that it’s needed. We’re delighted by the strong turnout and support demonstrated at Thursday’s Community Breakfast.”

Highlights of the foundation’s work throughout 2016 were also shared with attendees of the event, which is sponsored by the First State Bank and Trust.

This year paid special attention to the work of the emergency medical service. Lakeview EMS covers a service area of 325 square miles with more than 6,700 requests for service including around 200 calls for children.