HeartRescue Partner

Pacific Northwest


Pacific Northwest

University of Washington, Pacific Northwest HeartRescue Initiative

Seattle and surrounding King County both report one of the highest sudden cardiac arrest survival rates in the world thanks to longstanding work by dedicated emergency medical services (EMS) providers and physicians. Education has played a key role in this success. More than 70 percent of the region's population is trained in CPR. The program is an ongoing collaboration of King County Emergency Medical Services, Medic One Program of Seattle Fire Department, Harborview Paramedic Training Program, and University of Washington-Harborview Center for Prehospital Emergency Care. Most recently, the program has expanded with the addition of Alaska and Oregon. The goal is to strategically expand the geographic footprint to neighboring states, and in turn the positive influence of the initiative. Leadership and direction are provided by the Anchorage Fire Department in Alaska, and Oregon Health & Science University, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, and Jackson County EMS in Oregon.

Together, they aim to improve cardiac resuscitation care and outcome throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Key Strengths

  • Community training – 80 percent of the Seattle and King County residents are trained in CPR through the Seattle Fire Department and King County EMS Programs.
  • EMS training – Harborview Paramedic Training Program provides 3,000 hours (compared to the national standard of 1,100 hours) of instruction and hands-on training to its students. The Medic One Foundation raises funds in the local community to support this paramedic training.
  • Resuscitation Academy – The Resuscitation Academy program offers EMS agencies from around the world access to an intensive training program to improve cardiac arrest survival, free of charge.

Key Results to Date

  • Expanded to a regional model, starting with two states, AK and OR
  • Data collection is expanding to include more communities
  • Washington 90%, Alaska 80%, and Oregon 80% of the population covered by CARES expanded Resuscitation Academies in WA, OR, AK
  • Published: “10 Steps to Improving Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Created eight Resuscitation Academy toolkits as programmatic resources for alumni
  • Launched an online version of the Resuscitation Academy through the Canvas Network, available free of charge


Dr. Tom Rea Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington
Program Medical Director for King County Medic One; Public Health, Seattle & King County


The Team

Mohamud Daya

Mohamud R. Daya, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
EMS Medical Director for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency

Mike Levy

Michael Levy MD
Medical Director Anchorage Fire Department
President Loren Marshall Foundation
Affiliate Faculty University of Alaska Anchorage Health Sciences
Emergency Medicine, Alaska Regional Hospital

Paul Rostykus

Paul Rostykus, MD, MPH
Jackson County Ambulance and Fire Agencies
EMS Supervising Physician

Jenny Shin

Jenny Shin, MPH
CARES Program Manager

Thomas D Rea

Thomas D. Rea, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington
Program Medical Director for King County Medic One; Public Health, Seattle & King County

Mickey Eisenberg

Mickey Eisenberg, M.D. PhD, M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
King County EMS


Randi Riesenberg, MPH
Washington CARES Program Manager



Ann Doll
Resuscitation Academy
Data Manager