EMS Leadership Page
Administrative Director, EMS & Emergency Communication Operations
As the administrative director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Michelle Kobayashi is responsible for Hackensack University Medical Center’s ambulance, paramedic, ground critical care and air medical services, as well as the MICCOM communications center and the Hackensack University Medical Center transfer center. As the administrative director of Emergency Community Operations, she partners with Emergency and Trauma Center leaders to oversee the relationship between Hackensack University Medical Center and the many community-based EMS providers in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson County.
In 1993, Michelle joined the local volunteer ambulance corps in her home town, and after becoming an Emergency Medical Technician, chose nursing as a career. She joined Hackensack University Medical Center’ in 1997, where she has worked on several units, including the medical intensive care unit, the emergency and trauma center, the satellite emergency department, the observation unit and now EMS. Michelle has served as both an informal and formal leader in every role she’s held within the medical center, from trusted mentor, to committee leader, to director.
Michelle’s leadership philosophy stems from her commitment to service. “Our patients and their families tell us what they need. They’re at the center of everything that we do. Our nurses, paramedics, and EMTs are the ones who assess these needs and work with the patients and families to determine the best way to care for them. As a leader, it’s my job to provide resources and support to our front-line staff so that our patients receive the best possible care.”
This commitment to service continues outside of Hackensack University Medical Center’ as well. Michelle is an active member of the volunteer ambulance service in her community, along with her son and daughter. She has served as a catechist through her church, as a Girl Scout leader, and has participated in a medical mission to Dali, Yunnan, China.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College, in Newburgh, NY, a Master of Science in Nursing in Health Systems Administration from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Business Administration and graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. As a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Michelle works to ensure that Hackensack University Medical Center’ remains at the forefront of clinical excellence. She is a 2013 graduate of the American Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Manager Fellowship program, and served on the AONE Publication Committee, publishing an article on nurse leader rounding.
Manager, Air Med One & Specialty Care Transport Unit
As the Chief Flight Nurse and Critical Care Transport Manager, Joseph is responsible for all day to day operations for the Air Medical and SpecialtyCare Transport services. Joining Hackensack University Medical Center in January 2012, Joe was instrumental in the formation of Hackensack University Medical Center EMS’s air medical service, AirMed One, which began its service on April 7, 2012.
Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to both divisions as a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), Nationally Registered Paramedic, certified instructor in all of the American Heart Association disciplines, certified instructor in neonatal resuscitation and recent graduate from MTLI as a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE). With over 27 years of emergency/critical care nursing experience his philosophy is simple, Patients First, Safety Always, which has now been adopted by AirMed One.
On April 10, 2016, Hackensack University Medical Center EMS’s air medical program was successfully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), a validation of the program’s excellence.
Joe’s history of healthcare began in the early 1980s as a youth squad member of the local ambulance corps. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and completed an externship at a level one trauma center. Giving back to the community has always been important to Joe. In 2013, he received the Melvin Jones award from Lions International and continues to serve with the WoodRidge Lions. From little league coach, to scout master, to gymnastic dad, Joe has always been a part of his community and continues to serve as a lieutenant in his local volunteer fire department with his son.
Supervisor, EMS Clinical Services, Interim EMS Manager
As Clinical Supervisor, Dennis Lunde is responsible for the clinical aspects of the ALS & BLS divisions, including quality assurance (QA) and clinical competencies, as well as oversight for students and direct supervision for the ALS team members.
Dennis has been serving as a paramedic on the Hackensack University Medical Center SCTU since 2014 and has 21 years of EMS experience. Dennis has been a paramedic for 18 years, including 8 years of leadership experience and is currently pursuing a dual degree track Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management to Master of Business Administration at Excelsior College. His years of experience with commercial, municipal and hospital-based EMS systems are an asset to the quality and growth ofHackensack University Medical Center EMS. Prior to joining Hackensack University Medical Center, Dennis held positions at Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services, Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Trans Care Ambulance, American Medical Response, Town of Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corporation and Town of Mamaroneck Ambulance District.
EMS Education Coordinator
As Education Coordinator, Charles Chinnici develops and coordinates both BLS and ALS level courses, maintains training records across all divisions of EMS, oversees onboarding of new employees, including responsibility for administrating the Field Training Officer program. In conjunction with Trauma Services, Cardiac and Stroke intervention teams, as well as pediatrics and geriatrics specialists, Charles brings dynamic educational opportunities to both hospital based and community-based responders throughout the region.
Charles began his EMS career as a volunteer EMT in 1997. He completed his paramedic training at the Saint Vincents Institute of Emergency Care in NYC in 2001 where he was hired as staff directly out of the program. Prior to his role as Educator, Charles worked at Englewood Hospital Medical as a paramedic, Tour Chief, training center faculty and preceptor. There he also served as a member of the hazardous materials decontamination team and ran simulation code training for the institution. Charles has been with Hackensack University Medical Center since 2005 and has functioned as a paramedic, training center instructor, Team Leader, preceptor, and tactical paramedic with the Emergency Trauma Response Team in conjunction with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department. Charles holds instructorships in ITLS, PHTLS, TCCC and is American Heart Association faculty for ACLS, PALS, and BLS. As a life member of a volunteer BLS agency and an ALS provider with a diverse background, Charles brings a passion for education that meets the needs of the ever changing EMS and First Responder community.
Office Coordinator, Emergency Community Operations
Linda Motyka began her career at Hackensack University Medical Center in 1989, having worked 23 years in the executive offices, and since 2012, in the Emergency Medical Services department. Linda’s role encompasses performing a wide variety of duties related to the coordination and management of departmental day-to-day operations while also supporting the administrative director and EMS leadership team.
Shaun Patterson, DO
M.D., Emergency Medical Services Medical Director
As Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management, Dr. Patterson provides clinical oversight for the wide array of EMS assets associated with Hackensack University Medical Center; including but not limited to, the basic life support ambulances, paramedics, ground critical care transport units, air medical services, and the MICCOM communications center. He also maintains a clinical practice in Emergency Medicine at the Emergency and Trauma Center of Hackensack University Medical Center.
In 2002, Dr. Patterson started as a volunteer EMT-B with the Franklin Lakes Volunteer Ambulance Corp. He completed his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ and went onto residency in Emergency Medicine at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ. Following the conclusion of his residency, he completed a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Management at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where he served as the Assistant Medical Director for Orange County Emergency Services. In that time, he maintained a clinical practice in the Emergency Department at the University of North Carolina, provided medical oversight for EMS operations during UNC football and basketball events, participated as an EMS Physician with Wake County EMS, and served as a Staff Physician with the North Carolina Highway Patrol at the North Carolina Highway Patrol Training Center.