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Heart Attack Patient Reunites with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Paramedics Who Saved His Life

(Pictured L to R) Denise Arzoomanian, RN,MSN,CEN,MICN, Assistant Director, Emergency Medical Services, EHMC; Tim Hutchtson, Patient; Glenn MacDonald, MICP, Emergency Medical Services, EHMC; Harvey Weber, Director, Emergency Medical Services, EHMC.  (Not pictured) Ronn Rotonda MICP, Emergency Medical Services, EHMC (Photo Courtesy: Englewood Hospital and Medical Center)

(Englewood, NJ, November 7, 2013) – Fort Lee resident Tim Hutchtson says he wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for the actions of two paramedics at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC).

The 44-year-old father of five credits EHMC’s Mobile Intensive Care Paramedics Glenn MacDonald and Ronn Rotonda with saving his life.

According to Hutchtson, it happened the evening of September 24. Hutchtson had arrived home at 9:00 pm and went straight to bed, following a 20-hour drive home from Mississippi, where is he originally from. Three hours later, he awoke to a feeling of numbness in his left arm. He said he knew he was having a heart attack and told his wife to call 9-1-1.Shortly after the EHMC paramedics arrived, he went into full cardiac arrest.

“This was a very unusual case,” said Glenn MacDonald, MICP, Emergency Medical Services at EHMC. “We had to shock his heart five times. He would come back, say something and then go back down. We had no intention of giving up. We were determined to keep him alive.”

Hutchtson says while he does not recall much about the ambulance ride to EHMC, he does remember Rotonda pounding on his chest, yelling, “Stay with me Tim! We’re not going to let you go tonight!”

“This is a true validation that with aggressive, passionate pre-hospital care and coordination with our Emergency Department and Cardiac Catheterization Lab, positive patient outcomes are achieved,” said Harvey Weber, Director of Emergency Medical Services at EHMC.

The ambulance arrived at EHMC, where Hutchtson was rushed to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Doctors were able to stabilize him and now he is at home with his wife and children, resting and recovering.

“If it wasn’t for the paramedics and the team at Englewood Hospital, I wouldn’t be here,” said Hutchtson. “I’m so grateful for everything they did.”

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six-percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.