Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine


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The Chicago Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Education Service (CCARES) is a community outreach organization started by Northwestern EM faculty member Dr. George Chiampas, and co-founder Dr. Amer Aldeen. CCARES was founded 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.

CCARES Partner Organizations

The CCARES hands-only CPR initiative is supported by: