Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine


The Chicago Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Education Service (CCARES) is a new community outreach organization started by two Northwestern EM faculty members. Dr. George Chiampas and Dr. Amer Aldeen founded CCARES with the simple mission to “increase the survival of sudden cardiac arrest victims in Chicago.” CCARES partners with City agencies, communities, schools, and businesses to educate and raise awareness of the importance of bystander CPR and AED use. In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn joined members of CCARES and the Northwestern Medicine community to commemorate the signing of the Illinois Good Samaritan Act. The law makes it easier for bystanders to provide lifesaving CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest outside the hospital setting and marks an important step in support of hands-only CPR.

Visit the CCARES website to learn more and to watch interviews and hands-only CPR training videos.

CCARES Partner Organizations

The CCARES hands-only CPR initiative is supported by:

CCARES In The News


Training Videos

Watch the Hands-Only CPR and AED training video designed for middle school students.