“We celebrate not only the individuals who have gone beyond and stood out as award winners, but we also celebrate the spirit of collaboration between medical centers, physicians, police officers, firefighters, nurses, paramedics and EMTs across Bergen County,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “We remain committed to providing the highest level of emergency care, and are proud to partner with the fine team of EMS professionals in the region.”
This year, HackensackUMC celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Mobile Intensive Care Unit serving the community. In 2013, the Mobile ICU responded to more than 8,500 calls; the Basic Life Support Division responded to more than 13,600 calls, the Specialty Care Transport Unit responded to nearly 1,000 calls and the Mobile Intensive Care Communications (MICCOM) dispatched 157,284 calls. In addition, the Air Medical program – through the Hackensack University Health Network helicopter, AirMed One – had 277 flights in 2013, for a total of 577 to date.
“First responders, like our soldiers, are putting themselves in harm’s way every day,” said Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman, Emergency Services, HackensackUMC. “Whether it’s assisting at a mass casualty incident such as 9-11, rescuing people during severe weather or assisting with extrication on the side of a busy highway. These are examples of how first responders put their lives on the line every day for others and we are thankful for their efforts.”
The award-recipients include paramedics, EMTs, police officers and firefighters from the following municipalities: