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City of Palisades Park Awards EMS Contract to Englewood Hospital

07/01/2009

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and the Borough of Palisades Park announced today a new partnership that will provide borough residents with dedicated Englewood Hospital emergency medical services.  Englewood Hospital won the three-year contract over five other medical service providers that submitted proposals.

“We are very excited to partner with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center,” said David Lorenzo, Palisades Park Borough Administrator. “Our EMS volunteers have done a tremendous job and we are thankful for their service. This new partnership with Englewood Hospital now allows us to enhance emergency response services for our residents while offsetting increasing volunteer and related costs.”

Palisades Park Mayor James Rotundo noted, “It was a priority for us to secure an emergency response program during a time when we were struggling to retain EMS volunteers. Volunteers are busy and travel is expensive.  As such, we sought services equal to or better than what we had with cost reduction as a major consideration. Englewood Hospital was the most qualified and best fit the needs of this community.” 

As part of the new agreement, in addition to providing routine medical transport, critical care and 9-1-1 aid, a dedicated Englewood Hospital ambulance will be available around-the-clock in Palisades Park.  Ambulances will be on hand as needed to provide depth of medical services. Englewood Hospital EMS also will continue to provide the city’s residents with the highest level of service through state-of-the-art emergency medical care, public education and health awareness.  Plans include additional educational and community outreach programs for the Borough such as cardiac screenings for firefighters, first responder and CPR training for police and firefighters, EMS coverage for sporting games, a student EMT mentoring program, regular blood pressure screenings for senior citizens, and CPR classes in Korean and Spanish.

“We take great pride in doing our job and providing excellent patient care and community services,” said Harvey Weber, Director of Englewood Hospital’s Mobile ICU/EMS Department. “Englewood Hospital is recognized for its outstanding and progressive pre-hospital emergency medical care. This hospital-based ambulance program will enhance the continuity of patient care for the residents of Palisades Park while strengthening our commitment to this community.”

Englewood Hospital operates the second largest hospital-based ambulance system in Bergen County.  The Medical Center’s fleet of ambulances, which features extensive equipment essential to providing care for patients in life-threatening or emergency situations, doubled in 2008, and plans are underway to add an additional vehicle to meet the increasing demand for pre-hospital emergency medical care.  

In addition to providing mutual aid service to Bergen County, Englewood Hospital has partnered with the City of Englewood to provide back-up ambulance coverage. Although the Englewood Fire Department recently absorbed the EMS operations in the city, the Medical Center continues to work closely with the Englewood Fire Department in providing EMT and CPR training, medical oversight and back-up ambulance coverage.

Englewood Hospital’s EMS teams remain active in community service programs throughout Bergen County.  Among its many activities are special coverage at health fairs and events and educational support for the County’s diverse communities.