As part of its commitment to strengthening its regional network, Hackensack University Medical Center emergency medical transportation helicopter first took to the sky on April 7, 2012. “Our medical center is constantly seeking ways to better serve the needs of our community and patients. As the Hackensack University Health Network continues to expand, this helicopter will offer vital transport services to not only HackensackUMC patients, but to our affiliate hospitals as well” said Robert C. Garrett, then President and Chief Executive Officer of HackensackUMC.
As the team celebrates 4 years in the air, they’re also celebrating 1,000 completed flights. That’s 1,000 patients who needed to be moved from the scene of an injury or between facilities and whose transportation needs required a helicopter. This team was recently awarded CAMTS accreditation, recognizing HackensackUMC's air medical program for its excellence in providing helicopter EMS services.
Michelle Kobayashi, director of the program notes, “CAMTS accreditation validates the outstanding work that this team does each and every day. Our patients, their providers, and the communities we serve can be confident that when a HackensackUMC air medical provider is with them, they’re in the safest and most capable hands.”
In critical situations like motor vehicle crashes, pedestrians being struck, strokes, burns, and boating or swimming accidents – where every minute and second can make a difference – our air medical team is there to care for our patients.
The team consists of flight nurses, flight paramedics, pilots, and dedicated mechanics. The team is led by Chief Fight Nurse Joe Solda and flight followed by our Mobile Intensive Care Communications (MICCOM) team, led by Communications Manager Al McNally.
Our AirMed One team partners with area police and fire departments, as wells as with the rest of our incredible emergency medical services team, to serve communities throughout New Jersey and Southern New York State.
Air Med One operates under FAA Part 135 Certificate held and operated by Air Methods.