As a principal, I have long known that my high school is more than an educational institution. We are a community. On July 23, 2009 one member of our community, Eric Paredes, died tragically of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The tragedy occurred because his death could have been prevented if he had been properly screened. He was only fifteen years old.
After Eric died, I learned that between one and two percent of the general population carries a risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest. That translates to between twenty-two and forty-four of my current students. Steele Canyon High School is the common denominator that all of these students share and was the logical place to hold a large-scale cardiac screening. At Steele Canyon’s cardiac screening, four hundred sixty-one outwardly healthy students were screened—five students were found to be at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and one required an immediate heart procedure. That day, we definitely saved one young man’s life and quite probably saved the lives of five other young people.
Eileen Poole, Former CEO/Principal