Initiated by Stephani Scott, then CEO of the Sequoia Healthcare District in 2005, the HeartSafe Program has provided anecdotal stories for the District which fill it's website and annual Report to the Community. The program began with distribution of Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AED's).
Ms. Scott failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest when she introduced the program to the board. Her Form 700 at the time showed that her spouse received income as a Senior Product Manager for Guidant Corp., a Medical Device Manufacturer who's products included defibrillators.
The program provided an opportunity for former Atherton police chief, Glenn Nielsen, to land a comfortable part-time job as Manager of the program. It seems that gathering anecdotal stories to promote the District was one of his responsibilities. This excerpt from an e-mail exchange between Glenn and Fire Chief Emil Picchi is enlightening.
You are attending the meeting next week, right? Starts at 9 AM and the coffee starts at 8 AM at Bolongerie.
Please please please call Don Shoecraft, our PR guy, at 650-594-0556 as soon as you can. He is working on a press release and needs some interesting anecdotes. He is also Cc'd on this email.
Sorry I am not able to get some cold hard facts and stats. Here is what I have received in response to uses from the guys. See you in the morning.
Visit the District website www.sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com to view anecdotal stories.