What's Happening in EMS?
SCTU Transports Patient to UPMC
On April 19, 2015 our Specialty Care Transport Unit (SCTU) was called to transport a patient from RWJ New Brunswick to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Presbyterian. This transport one-way was 6 hours, 360 miles. Selover, Soden, and Maiullo took the extra steps to hold over and/or adjust their schedules to help make this trip possible for the patient. We would like to thank each of them and RWJ Somerset for helping to make this trip possible and completing it in a timely manner. Great work by all parties, from MedCentral, Staff, and Somerset management.
2nd Quarter Education Training
Today will begin the first session for 2nd quarter education training for MHS Employees. These sessions will cover in-house training, LUCAS 2 mechanical CPR device review and employees will complete 4 hours of Stroke educations. This is the ongoing effort of the department to provide quality training to improve our clinical performance for improved patient outcomes.
26 Graduate from RWJUH EMT School
On April 17, RWJUH MHS graduated 26 EMT Students. These students completes 200 + hours of classroom and 10 hours of in hospital clinical training. This was RWJUH Somerset’s first evening program. MHS will being offering an EMT Program year round, so if you or anyone you know would like to become and trained EMT please Click Here. Great job to all the recent graduates!
National Telecommunicators Week
“This week we celebrate National Telecommunicators Week (April 12th – 18th) and we would like to commend the outstanding work Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Mobile Health Services (MHS) Communications Center does on an everyday basis. MedCentral is a sixteen console, state of the art high performance EMS communications center, that staffs over 25 trained Emergency Medical Dispatchers and Call takers. MedCentral process more than 200,000 medical calls per year. This team coordinates multiple 9-1-1 responses, primarily into Middlesex and Somerset county, as well as mutual aid into Union, Monmouth and Mercer counties. Also, MedCentral coordinates non-emergency transports for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick and Somerset campuses. We appreciate everything you do for us daily and thank you for a job well done!”
Supervisors Attend Boot Camp
On April 8th and 9th, 16 RWJUH MHS members ranging from field staff, supervisors from field and communications, and managers attended a dynamic two day workshop call EMS Boot Camp. This program works to grow and educate leaders by using case studies, group discussion and practical experience, which teaches them about the art and science of leadership and supervision of emergency services. The workshop was delivered by Jon Politis who is a nationally recognized educator with decades of experience in both fire and EMS leadership.
RWJ Extends Knowledge to Manville H.S.
Educator Chris Ireland and EMT John Retsis assisted Manville High School with their AED Drill as part of Janet’s Law. Janet's Law requires all public schools to have AEDs present for athletic events as well as implementing a plan if a sudden cardiac arrest should occur. The instructors used qCPR manikins that gives the providers real time feedback to improve the best chance for survival.
Pit Crew CPR
RWJUH MHS Somerset will be hosting a "Pit Crew CPR" class on behalf of NJSFAC 5th District. This course is approved for 2 CEUs and light refreshments will be served. Check out our flier and find out how to register here.
Successful "Draft Day" for MHS
On March 25, 2015, MHS conducted a department wide Shift Bid dubbed "NFL Draft Day." This process began months ago with staff driven committees, creating various shifts across the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses to better align our shift patterns with call demand. For "NFL Draft Day", the Staffing Coordinator, Maggie Marshall, coordinated with EMT, Lauren Fontana, Paramedics, Jessica Jenkins and Tori Holmes, and Educator, Janemary Lutz who called all staff to receive provider bids. All shift bidding took place on the department's brand new employee page on the MHS website.
This process was a large undertaking for the department. A huge thank you goes out to all personnel who committed their time which made this endeavor a great success.
EMT Students Practice Skills at Broomball Tournament
On March 14, RWJ-Somerset EMT students set up a health fair at the Broomball Tournament. Students took basic vital signs and made sure athletes were hydrated properly. The students even had the chance to assist in 12 athlete injuries, including splinting a knee. Keep up the good work!
RWJUH Visits Advanced Medical Transport
On March 18th and 19th, Vice President Susan Krum, Executive Director Matt Streger, and Director Todd Sheridan visited Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) in Peoria, Illinois. AMT CEO Andrew Rand and Fitch and Associate Partner Guillermo Fuentes gave the three a tour of their fantastic operations. They were given the inside story of how AMT came to be, where they are today, and what lessons can be learned as RWJ grows. During the tour Krum, Streger, and Sheridan met numerous professionals who explained clinical initiatives, deployment, communications, organizational structuring, and an inside look at a few state of the art AEV ambulances and AKA Concept Vehicles. RWJ extends their sincere thanks to Andrew Rand and the incredible team at AMT for allowing us to learn from one of the industry leaders.
RWJUH Sponsors Difficult Airway Class
RWJUH MHS at Somerset is hosting The Difficult Airway Course: EMS™, presented by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center's CPR Training Center. Follow the link below to see a description of the course and to find the registration form!
Difficult Airway Course
RWJ Never Stops Learning
RWJ MHS sent their MedCentral Coordinator, Adam Gonzalez, to sunny San Diego, CA for TriTech System Administrator Training. TriTech is the company that developed the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software that RWJ's dispatchers and field units use. RWJ's MedCentral is upgrading to one of the newest versions of CAD software, and Adam is fully prepared to take his training from San Diego and put it to use in NJ. Adam will be training dispatchers and MedCentral supervisors on how to use the new CAD software.
Thank you, E.J Grassmann Trust
Thanks to the E.J Grassmann Trust, RWJ’s Somerset Campus received 4 LifePak 1000s. These LifePaks will replace and update the current Defibrillators at the Somerset Campus.
Summer Uniform Survery Complete!
MHS staff, please check the employee page to see what your coworkers chose for the the summer months.
Milestones in MHS
We would like to thank the following employees for their outstanding time and dedication put into our department!
10 Years 15 Years 20 Years 30 Years
Kristyna Mrozek Matt Cadmus Gregg Lund Melvin King
Bob Hucke Lou Sasso
RWJ Somerset Teams Up With Manville Intermediate School
On Friday, February 20, Education Supervisor Kevin Kurzweil and EMT John Retsis evaluated the Manville Intermediate School’s AED Response Team. RWJUH MHS set up a QCPR manikin that provides feedback on how well the students perform CPR. The students increased their CPR performance by 76% by receiving feedback from the instructor and manikin.