All 320 Dalton Utilities Employees Become CPR Certified

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Dalton Utilities employee Eric Ridley, left, performed lifesaving CPR on co-worker Bruce Parrott, right, leading to Dalton Utilities’ company-wide initiative to certify all 320 employees in CPR.
Dalton Utilities employee Eric Ridley, left, performed lifesaving CPR on co-worker Bruce Parrott, right, leading to Dalton Utilities’ company-wide initiative to certify all 320 employees in CPR.

Dalton Utilities recently achieved a healthcare milestone by getting all 320 employees CPR certified.

Officials said, "Recognizing the importance of quick and effective response during emergencies, Dalton Utilities has taken proactive steps to equip its entire workforce with life-saving skills following a life threatening cardiac event at one of their facilities. Employees now have the knowledge and confidence to respond effectively when immediate action is required."

Hamilton Health Care System President and CEO Jeff Myers said, “By investing in comprehensive CPR training for its employees, Dalton Utilities is fostering a workplace culture that values health, preparedness and safety.” CPR, or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, is a critical skill that can sustain life in an emergency, especially when every second counts. Dalton Utilities’ achievement not only enhances the workplace but also impacts the broader community. Hamilton CPR educator Randy Goodwin relates: “Dalton Utilities is contributing to the greater collective ability to respond to emergencies outside the office, potentially saving lives in future scenarios. When unforeseen events occur, having persons capable of immediate response can make a significant difference anytime, anywhere.”

To honor the company for its efforts, the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation recently presented Dalton Utilities with its 2023 Business Health Achievement of Excellence Award. The award is presented to a business who goes above standard health measures, and demonstrates a dedication to the overall health and well-being of the workforce. Whitfield Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Jane Snipes maintains: “The remarkable effort that Dalton Utilities put into ensuring that all team members are CPR certified reflects their keen understanding of compassionate care in the workplace. It also sends a powerful message about the company’s values and commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen.”

Dalton Utilities is a longtime supporter of the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation as a member of its Hamilton Business Alliance. The Hamilton Business Alliance is a coalition of area businesses who are committed to investing in healthcare excellence at Hamilton Medical Center. Hamilton Business Alliance members partner with the Foundation to support capital projects, community health initiatives, technological advancements, and innovative programs and services to serve the region’s changing healthcare needs.

Dalton Utilities employee Eric Ridley (l) performed lifesaving CPR on co-worker Bruce Parrott (r), leading to Dalton Utilities’ company-wide initiative to certify all 320 employees in CPR.

Foundation Board chair Scott Sellers (second from left), presents the Business Health Achievement of Excellence award to Mark Buckner (second from right), Dalton Utilities’ Chief Watershed Operations and Business Development Officer. Also shown are Kelly Jones (l), Dalton Utilities’ Chief Administrative Officer and Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Business Relations Committee, and Jeff Myers (r), President and CEO, Hamilton Health Care System.

Foundation Board chair Scott Sellers (second from left), presents the Business Health Achievement of Excellence award to Mark Buckner (second from right), Dalton Utilities’ Chief Watershed Operations and Business Development Officer. Also shown are Kelly Jones (l), Dalton Utilities’ Chief Administrative Officer and Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Business Relations Committee, and Jeff Myers (r), President and CEO, Hamilton Health Care System.
Foundation Board chair Scott Sellers (second from left), presents the Business Health Achievement of Excellence award to Mark Buckner (second from right), Dalton Utilities’ Chief Watershed Operations and Business Development Officer. Also shown are Kelly Jones (l), Dalton Utilities’ Chief Administrative Officer and Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Business Relations Committee, and Jeff Myers (r), President and CEO, Hamilton Health Care System.
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