HackensackUMC Hosts 23rd Annual EMS Excellence Awards Program

June 9, 2014 03:24 PM

On Monday, May 12, HackensackUMC recognized and honored the dedication of the men and women who respond to life saving emergencies.  This year’s theme was “EMS: Dedicated. For Life.” In addition to HackensackUMC and Bergen County Sheriff’s Department personnel, award-recipients included paramedics, EMTs, police officers and firefighters from the 35 Bergen County municipalities.

“We celebrate not only the individuals who have gone beyond and stood out as award winners, but we also celebrate the spirit of collaboration between medical centers, physicians, police officers, firefighters, nurses, paramedics and EMTs across Bergen County,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “We remain committed to providing the highest level of emergency care, and are proud to partner with the fine team of EMS professionals in the region.”

This year, HackensackUMC celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Mobile Intensive Care Unit serving the community. In 2013, the Mobile ICU responded to more than 8,500 calls; the Basic Life Support Division responded to more than 13,600 calls, the Specialty Care Transport Unit responded to nearly 1,000 calls and the Mobile Intensive Care Communications (MICCOM) dispatched 157,284 calls.  In addition, the Air Medical program – through the Hackensack University Health Network helicopter, AirMed One  – had 277 flights in 2013, for a total of 577 to date.

“First responders, like our soldiers, are putting themselves in harm’s way every day,” said Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman, Emergency Services, HackensackUMC. “Whether it’s assisting at a mass casualty incident such as 9-11, rescuing people during severe weather or assisting with extrication on the side of a busy highway. These are examples of how first responders put their lives on the line every day for others and we are thankful for their efforts.”

The award-recipients include paramedics, EMTs, police officers and firefighters from the following municipalities:




East Rutherford




Harrington Park

Hasbrouck Heights



Little Ferry





New Milford



Old Tappan



Park Ridge

River Edge

River Vale

Rochelle Park



Saddle Brook

South Hackensack



Washington Township


Woodcliff Lake





Back row, left to right: Ron Spethmann, clinical coordinator, Mobile Intensive Care Unit, HackensackUMC;  Joe Solda, chief flight nurse, Mobile Intensive Care Unit, HackensackUMC;  Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman, Emergency Services, HackensackUMC; Lisa Iachetti, administrator, Clinical Network Development, HackensackUMC; and Al McNally, manager, Mobile Intensive Care Unit, HackensackUMC.

Front row, left to right: Glenn J. MacDonald, manager, Emergency Medical Services, HackensackUMC;  Jodi Kennedy, tour chief, Mobile Intensive Care Unit, HackensackUMC; Linda Motyka, office coordinator, Emergency Medical Services, HackensackUMC; and Michelle Kobayashi, nurse manager, Mobile Intensive Care Unit, HackensackUMC.

Additional photos are available for individual municipalities.  For more information, please contact Sheri Hensley at shensley@hackensackUMC.org.





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