What's Happening in EMS?
Veterans Engaging Through Service Business Resource Group
Samuel Olesinski, EMT with Mobile Health Service and former military veteran from USAF 1997-2001, is a leader and co-chair for the Veterans Engaging Through Service Business Resource Group (VETS BRG). The VETS BRG held their first annual group lunch-in, giving a warm welcome to veterans throughout the hospital and educating leaders on the team’s mission. Guest speaker and Executive Sponsor, President and CEO of RWJUH and RWJ Health Systems, Stephen Jones USAF 1966-1970, explained how the military gave him direction. Through the VETS BRG, Mr. Jones is proud to see the direction the team is taking and looks forward to seeing the progress in the future.
The VETS BRG was established by the RWJ Center for Diversity & Inclusion as an organizational strategy to advance diversity and inclusion. Their mission is to support current employee veterans, patient veterans, and reserve components personnel, as well as family members and active duty. VETS BRG wants to be the first publicly recognized hospital for veteran employees and veteran patients. We look forward to watching this team grow and help to make RWJ the hospital of choice for veterans.
MHS Welcomes 18 New Hires
RWJ MHS expanded their team last week with 18 new employees. These employees will fill the roles of EMTs and Medical Communicators. Below is the group of new hires in department orientation with Executive Director, Matt Streger and Director, Todd Sheridan. Welcome to the team, everyone!
Happy EMS Week! #EMSStrong
Broadening Imaginations at BMSCH
Kara Eisen, an employee of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, as well as a Captain from the Kendall Park First Aid Squad, and her father, Deputy Chief Lance Eisen from the Kendall Park First Aid Squad, delivered 600 new books and stuffed animals to the specialty coordinators at The Bristol Meyers Squibb Children's Hospital. The books and stuffed animals were distributed to the children in the hospital. The Kendall Park First Aid and Rescue Squad of South Brunswick Township was contacted by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, but wanted to donate a large quantity of new children’s books and stuffed animals. Kara and Chief Eisen coordinated and distributed the books and stuffed animals. “It is a pleasure transporting books to the hospital for the kids knowing they will bring enjoyment to children that can always use a smile”’ said Kara Eisen. Lance Eisen stated “As a volunteer organization working with the hospitals in the area, the donor knew we would get the books and toys to the children in the area who need them the most.”
Happy EMS Week to all the First Responders
Robert Wood Johnson EMS would like to thank all First Responders for everything they do. EMT's, Paramedics, Nurses, and Medical Communicators have such a positive impact on communities. Whether it is doing a transport or responding to a 9-1-1 call, it is the first responders who bring the "calm" to any situation. We want you all to know how thankful we are for you not just this week, but every day. It truly takes a special person to do the jobs you do.
RWJUH MHS is offering free CEUs during the week. Take a look at what is being offered and register if you are interested!
In light of EMS Week, Paramedic Ryan Buckley traveled to Hoboken, NJ to get a view of the Empire State Building. The building is lit to honor all first responders.
Every 15 minutes, someone is involved in distracted driving or alcohol related incident. With prom season right around the corner,high school Juniors and Seniors will be out celebrating. In light of this, Somerville High School held a program on Wednesday, May 13, called Every 15 Minutes. This is a nationwide program that shows high school students the dangers of drinking and driving. Paramedic Ryan Buckley and Clinical Supervisor Neil Thorn went to Somerville High School to participate in this demonstration. Buckley and Thorn played the roles of paramedics along with representatives from Somerville Rescue Squad, Somerville Fire Department, Somerville Police Department, and NJSP NorthStar Air Medical program. During the mock accident, 1 patient was pronounced dead, another was simulated to be flown to a trauma center, and the third was taken by ambulance and deteriorated into cardiac arrest. We hope we made a positive impact on the Somerville High School students and hope they make the right decision in not drinking and driving. Thank you to everyone who participated. We wish all high schools a safe and happy prom season!
Judging SkillsUSA Competition
On Saturday, May 2, CPR and EMT Instructors from RWJUH MHS participated as judges for the CPR & First Aid portion for the SkillUSA Competiton. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industries working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Students had to complete a written exam as well as 5 skill scenarios. The event had students from nearly every county in NJ. The 1st place winner will represent the State of NJ in the National Competition later this year.
RWJ MHS Teams Up with RWJ Trauma for Wanted Alive Program
Paramedic Ryan Buckley participated in the Wanted Alive program with RWJ's Injury Prevention Program, led by coordinator, Diana Starace, for the second time. Wanted Alive is a program designed to raise awareness of teens about the potential consequences of risk-taking behavior. Ryan lended his expertise as he spoke about the difference in the roles of paramedics vs. EMTs. He described the education requirements, and the road that led him to working with RWJ's Mobile Health Services. He also shared first hand experiences so that the teens could get an idea of pre-hospital emergency care and how it is part of the Trauma Team at RWJ.
New Jersey Marathon
On Sunday April 26th, 2015 RWJ EMS-Mobile Health Services assisted the Monmouth County Sheriff Department – Office of Emergency Management and the New Jersey EMS Task Force in providing EMS services for the 2015 New Jersey Marathon. This event attracted more than 11,000 participants from 21 counties and 44 states with runners ranging from 12 to 90 years old. RWJ MHS provided emergency medical care to the participating runners and civilian spectators on the marathon route that stretched through multiple shore townships in the Monmouth County Region. Alex Lewinsky MICP and Matt Schumacher EMT of the MHS Special Operations Group (SOG) staffed an all-terrain support apparatus nicknamed ASAP. This unit has all the operational capabilities of a regular sized ambulance but can be deployed in austere environments and conditions that usual EMS units can’t reach. NJ EMS Task Force State Planner Neel Mehta (based at RWJ- NB Campus) provided command and control operations during the event.