HackensackUMC Donates Tourniquets to Local Police Departments in Bergen County

May 23, 2016


The Hackensack Police Department is one of many departments in Bergen County to receive a donation of tourniquets from HackensackUMC.

The Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Departments at HackensackUMC recently presented the Hackensack Police Department with 120 tourniquets– one for each police officer – during a recent Mayor and Council Meeting.

“There are certain things that really save lives and one of them are tourniquets, especially with gunshot wounds and other types of serious traumas,” said Benjamin Zabar, M.D., medical director, HackensackUMC Emergency Medical Services. “These are devices that may save the life of an officer or allow an officer to save the life of another officer or civilian. And, we are excited to present these tourniquets to the Hackensack Police Department.”

The Hackensack Police Department was the first department to receive the tourniquets from HackensackUMC.  Nearly three dozen additional police departments in the surrounding area also received donations of tourniquets for each of their police officers.

Photo: Benjamin Zabar, M.D., medical director, HackensackUMC Emergency Medical Services; John LoCurto, M.D., associate chief, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care & Injury Prevention;  Michelle Kobayashi, administrative director, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Community Operations; John Labrosse, mayor, City of Hackensack; Francesco Aquila; captain, Hackensack Police; and Ron Spethmann, manager, Emergency Medical Services.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.