The department had been putting together a plan to combat these facts, but needed some advice. "We were on a crusade to find a doctor or a hospital interested in partnering with us," said Captain Hanlon. "I was referred to Dr. Foster who lives here in Sherwood. He jumped on board right away."
Ted Foster, D.O., a cardiologist in the Providence Heart Institute's Newberg clinic, connected the department with Basecamp. "I'm very optimistic about working with local law enforcement to help improve the cardiovascular and overall health of their officers," he said.
"Basecamp has been fantastic. They've bent over backward to understand the unique needs of a police force."
- Captain Ty Hanlon, Sherwood Police Department
Dr. Foster oversees the program and leads advice forums where he answers questions and provides information on heart health and risks like elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and sedentary lifestyles. "If this model proves to be successful, it will be a great opportunity for Providence to continue the work we've been dedicated to for years," he said.
According to Captain Hanlon, response to PD Heart Beat has been very positive. "People have been eager to learn," he said. "It's never really been addressed this way before, holistically. Our goal is to get a strong footprint in the minds and culture of the agency."