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SMITHFIELD —American Red Cross-certified training is now within easier reach for eastern North Carolina.

MedicalTraining.me in Smithfield has become the only independent, freestanding American Red Cross licensed training provider east of Raleigh, the company announced in a news release. 

In addition to partnerships and training from the American Heart Association and the American Safety & Health Institute, MedicalTraining.me’s new partnership means it will now offer training classes for American Red Cross first aid and CPR, automated external defibrillator, or AED, advanced care lifesaving, or ALCS, and pediatric advanced life saving, or PALS, for non-health care individuals and military personnel. 

“I’ve been working on setting up this partnership with the American Red Cross because I wanted our community — our neighbors, church members, coworkers, family and friends — in eastern North Carolina to have easy and affordable access to lifesaving classes,” founder and President Melissa Overton said. 

Overton, a former nurse with more than 20 years of critical care experience, launched MedicalTraining.me in 2013 to provide continuing education for medical professionals and CPR, first aid and AED training for companies. 

There are more than 360,000 sudden cardiac arrests annually in the United States, according to the American Red Cross. About 90% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die. CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

Both in-person and online classes are available. In-person classes can be hosted at clients’ churches, home or workplaces or at MedicalTraining.me’s 2,500 square-foot facility at 101 E. Market St., Smithfield. 

For more information, visit www.MedicalTraining.Me or call 919-989-5808.