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HUMC to provide Paramedic Services in Pascack Valley Region

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) is pleased to announce it was the winning bidder on the sale of the Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) license during an auction held in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. It is likely that HUMC will begin providing paramedic services to the 18 towns surrounding Pascack Valley Hospital (PVH) before the end of November.
 “With Pascack Valley Hospital in the bankruptcy process, the region’s residents were really faced with a difficult situation – particularly in regard to receiving emergency care. Though you hope you or your loved ones will never need emergency services, it’s comforting to know, if something should happen, that the best care is available,” said John P. Ferguson, president and chief executive officer of HUMC. “We want to help and now we will be able to make a difference in those communities.” 

“People with medical emergencies will receive exceptional care. Two fully staffed paramedic units will be available 24-hours a day, seven days a week,” said Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman of Emergency Medicine at HUMC. “Patients will be treated by the paramedics in the field and transported by ambulance to the closest appropriate hospital.” 

The following communities can rest assured they will not have any disruption in emergency services: Closter, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Montvale, New Milford (northern section), Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Oradell, Paramus (small section in north), Park Ridge, Rivervale, Rockleigh, Washington Township, Westwood, and Woodcliff Lake. 

HUMC’s Emergency/Trauma Department is a state-designated Level II Trauma Center. Trauma surgeons are available around the clock to treat the entire spectrum of diseases and adult and pediatric injuries. The Pediatric Emergency Room is staffed with medical and nursing professionals specifically trained in pediatric medicine. 

HUMC is a 781-bed teaching and research hospital and is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey and the fourth-largest in the nation, based on admissions. Throughout the years, HUMC has received numerous county Emergency Management Service Awards. Recently, the medical center introduced the first-ever Emergency Mobile Trauma Unit and several support vehicles. The units are now ready and available for use in responding to mass casualty incidents and bioterror attacks. 

HealthGradesâ, recently named HUMC as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2007. This designation, which is new this year, recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated superior clinical quality over a seven-year time period, based upon an analysis of more than 75 million Medicare patient records from 1999-2005. These hospitals have achieved better survival rates and lower complication rates across dozens of medical procedures and diagnoses, from cardiac care to orthopedic surgery, consistently ranking among the top five percent in the nation for overall clinical outcomes. HUMC is the only healthcare facility in New Jersey, New York, and New England to be named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals. 

If you would like additional information about Hackensack University Medical Center, please visit www.humc.com.
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