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New Special Care Transport Unit Arrives at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center


Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is celebrating the arrival of a brand new specialty care transport unit or SCTU, a specially equipped ambulance designed for transporting critically ill patients.

Sometimes called “an ICU traveling 60 miles per hour,” the SCTU is outfitted with expanded life-saving features and staffed by an expert team of caregivers, a paramedic and a registered nurse certified in critical care. The ambulance service provides inter-facility transfers of patients requiring medical intervention or medical monitoring beyond the capability of a basic life support ambulance.

“Englewood Hospital’s exceptional care begins as soon as the SCTU team assumes care of the patient,” said Harvey Weber, director of Englewood Hospital’s Mobile ICU/EMS Department. “This new ambulance is one more example of the outstanding level of care the Medical Center offers to the community.” The ambulance also takes patients to other healthcare facilities such as rehabilitation centers.

The SCTU, which is larger than a typical ambulance, provides additional safety, comfort, and life-saving measures for patients and staff during transport. The vehicle is outfitted with supplementary equipment and provides the necessary space and layout for the critical care transport team to work. Equipment includes cardiac monitors, IV infusion pumps, IV supplies and medication, ventilators, intubation equipment and positive pressure oxygen masks, vitally important tools in keeping a critically ill patient stable.

Although the ambulance itself is new, Englewood Hospital has been providing specialty care transport since 2008. When not on a specialty care run, the SCTU responds to 9-1-1 calls, thus making the best use of hospital resources. Numerous area towns have called for backup by the service since its inception.

The busy ambulance can be of particular use when patients request transfer to one of the Medical Center’s top-rated programs. The SCTU has provided transport to patients from as far away as Boston and Baltimore who have selected Englewood Hospital’s internationally renowned care in bloodless medicine and surgery. More local runs have been for unstable patients coming from hospitals that do not have a full range of cardiac services, such as open-heart surgery or cardiac catheterization. Recently, the ambulance traveled out-of-state to pick up a sick baby for surgery. A key member of the life-saving emergency services team, it is licensed for a wide range of medical conditions.

Other emergency services include mutual aid to various communities in Bergen County, back-up ambulance coverage to the City of Englewood and around-the-clock ambulance service for Palisades Park, the result of a new partnership between the borough and the Medical Center, which recently bid for and won a three-year contract over five other medical service providers to provide the borough with emergency medical services.
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.