June 21, 2017
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center announced that the EMS Department recently received a donation of Basic Life Support (BLS) vehicles, which provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the community 24/7. This generous donation was given on behalf of Joseph M. Sanzari, chair of the Pascack Valley Medical Center Joint Venture Board and past chair of the Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors.
“Hackensack University Medical Center is deeply grateful to Joe for his dedication to our hospital,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, Hackensack University Medical Center. “Because of Joe’s generosity, we are able to continue to provide our world-class patient-and family-centered care using the most advanced and state-of-the-art technology to save lives.”
Each BLS vehicle is staffed with two emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and is equipped with many devices and medications including:
- LUCAS™ Chest Compression System, which is used to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest patients.
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and treats them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
- NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) which is used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.
- EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) which is used for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis.
Last year, Joseph M. Sanzari also donated two paramedic vehicles to support advanced life support services provided to the community. In 2014, through the generosity of Mr. Sanzari, the LUCAS Chest Compression system was installed in the AirMed One Air Medical Unit, Mobile ICU, Specialty Care Transport Unit and BLS Ambulances.
Hackensack University Medical Center provides primary 911 medical care to more than half of the residents of Bergen County and responded to nearly 9,000 requests for help in 2016. In addition, Hackensack Meridian Health’s Specialty Care Transport Unit and the AirMed One Air Medical Unit provides emergency and inter-hospital transports for patients in New Jersey, New York and beyond.
Photo from left to right: Jack Mayo, MICP, vehicle and equipment coordinator, Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center; Michelle Kobayashi, administrative director, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Community Operations, Hackensack University Medical Center; Mark D. Sparta, executive vice president, chief operating officer at Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Population Health Clinical Operations, Hackensack Meridian Health; Joseph M. Sanzari, chair of the Pascack Valley Medical Center Joint Venture Board and past chair of the Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors; Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, Hackensack University Medical Center; Jason A. Kreitner, vice president, senior operations officer, Hackensack University Medical Center; Ron Spethmann, manager, Emergency Medical Services, Hackensack University Medical Center; and Christopher Hogan, MICP, BLS supervisor, Hackensack University Medical Center.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, 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 now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.