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Project Heart Start Founder Honored as a Good Samaritan & Hero

Dr. Barry Ramo recognized for lifesaving work

Albuquerque, N.M.- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry honored Dr. Barry Ramo for his extraordinary efforts in establishing the lifesaving program Project Heart Start (PHS).  Dr. Ramo founded PHS in 2010 and to date 25,000 people in New Mexico have been trained in compression-only CPR (COCPR).  Dr. Ramo’s program is dedicated to training all able individuals to perform COCPR, while encouraging and facilitating the placement and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). PHS is one of many programs funded by the New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation, a nonprofit established in 1999 to help support educational and research initiatives of the NM Heart Institute. 

 Starting with one annual event, Project Heart Start has expanded to monthly sustainable trainings throughout the community. The program now spans from schools to private businesses: the New Mexico Heart Institute, APS and Charter Middle and High Schools, local Senior Centers, and local companies.  The work is mainly done by volunteers who believe in the mission to prevent cardiac arrest deaths.  A Project Heart Start training session lasts only about 40 minutes which includes a video, skill session and short demonstration of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). 

 Back in June the Mayor along with Albuquerque Fire Department Chief David Downey participated in the PHS training.

 “By receiving this training we’re gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to save a life. If you haven’t attended the training, I’d encourage everyone who is able to participate. With this training we can prevent unnecessary cardiac arrest deaths in our community,” said Mayor Berry.


The Albuquerque Fire Department and Dr. Ramo remind individuals to:

1. Call 911

2. Perform 100 firm chest compressions per minute

3. Use an AED if (one is available)


Dr. Ramo’s goal is to offer the program statewide to anyone who wishes to be trained in COCPR. Today, we honor Dr. Ramo for his determination and commitment in saving New Mexico lives. For more information on Project Heart Start, go to: or contact Dorothee Hutchinson [email protected].