HackensackUMC’s Mobile Satellite Emergency Department Provided Much Needed Medical Care during Super Bowl XLVIII


For the first time in the history of the Super Bowl, a mobile emergency department stood ready at the stadium to provide emergency care and medical services for players, staff and fans.

Hackensack University Medical Center’s Mobile Satellite Emergency Department Units (NJ-MSED) were stationed at MetLife Stadium to provide high-quality mobile healthcare in the week leading up to the big game and during Super Bowl XLVIII.  As it happened, the units were utilized before and during the game, as numerous people sought medical assistance in the MSED and were treated for injuries including broken bones sustained during slip and fall accidents.  People were also treated for various health conditions such as chest pain, flu-like symptoms and dehydration.  Some patients were transferred to HackensackUMC for further testing and evaluation.

“HackensackUMC is proud of the state-of-the-art medical assistance we are able to provide during large-scale events, such as the Super Bowl,” said Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman of Emergency Medicine at HackensackUMC. “Our goal was to get people back in the game and the NJ-MSED units allowed us to do just that.  The NJ-MSED units show our dedication to the health and well-being of the region and I commend HackensackUMC’s world-class team of emergency physicians, nurses and operations personnel who staff the units, providing life-saving care to our neighbors.” 


The NJ-MSED vehicles are one of only a few mobile hospitals of their kind in the nation, funded through a unique partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). The core of the mobile hospital complex exists in the form of a 43-foot semi-truck with expandable sides, and are fully outfitted with seven critical care beds each having monitor defibrillator capability; portable digital X-ray unit; telemedicine capability; portable field laboratory; small pharmaceutical cache; overhead medical procedure lighting; and onboard medical gases. They are rapidly deployable, fully-functional mobile emergency departments.  In one of the NJ-MSED units, the satellite system used to communicate and the supplies, equipment and medications onboard were funded by UASI grant funds.


The NJ-MSED is able to be deployed both nationally and internationally to respond to bioterror attacks, manmade and natural disasters and other mass casualty incidents in both urban and suburban areas. It serves as a model and sets the gold standard for emergency preparedness.  Past deployments of the NJ-MSED vehicles include Hillsborough and Brick, New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Future deployments could include upcoming Super Bowls or other major events.


As the closest trauma center to MetLife Stadium, HackensackUMC was one of three medical centers – and the only one in New Jersey – selected as an Official Medical Services Provider by the 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee.  HackensackUMC is one of only 10 designated trauma centers in the state of New Jersey and the only Level-II Trauma Center in Bergen County.


About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 22 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   




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