Roper St. Francis HeartSave

Roper St. Francis HeartSave is a community health initiative that has placed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in more than 750 public places throughout the Charleston area including schools, churches, restaurants and medical facilities. HeartSave is made possible by funding from the Medical Society of South Carolina and the Physicians Endowment Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.



First established by a grant in 2006, the HeartSave AED Program is operated by Roper St. Francis Emergency Services and is the only program in the Charleston tri-county area providing donated AED devices accompanied by CPR training using American Heart Association guidelines. As part of the Roper St. Francis mission of healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence, the community-based program provides essential emergency cardiac and first aid training as well as donated AED devices and equipment that directly enhance the greater Charleston area's community-based response to emergency cardiac events by increasing bystander participation in delivering immediate CPR.


To increase public awareness of sudden cardiac death, heart attack and stroke; to train local residents and schools in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator, (AED); and to provide AEDs in areas where they are needed the most, such as schools, churches, community centers and businesses.

AED program

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are small, portable electronic devices used to restore normal heart rhythm to people in cardiac arrest. AEDs are safe and easy to use, making it possible for non-medical personnel to be trained to provide rapid defibrillation.

If you would like to learn more about obtaining an AED for your location please call (843) 724-2657.

Download a list of Roper St. Francis HeartSave locations.

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