MORRISTOWN, NJ – As Hurricane Dorian, already officially one of the most powerful storms recorded, ravaged the Bahamas and threatened the southern coastline of the United States, a team of five paramedics from Atlantic Mobile Health, the medical transportation division of Atlantic Health System, headed southward on Monday to assist the anticipated relief effort.
The team, Daniel Vitale, Linda Vitrone, Megan Rouse, Margaret Scarpa and Matthew Chiang, travelling aboard two Advanced Life Support-capable ambulances equipped with additional medical supplies, responded to a request for aid as a network provider under American Medical Response’s contract with FEMA.
The team, which reached a staging area in South Carolina, will likely be on a 7 to 14-day activation, but will stay in the area as long as needed. They will be working under the guidance of FEMA, state and local EMS agencies.
For Vitale and Chiang, this is their second deployment, having travelled as part of a team from Atlantic Mobile Health to the relief effort for Hurricane Florence last year.
“The team at Atlantic Mobile Health are the kind of first responders who head toward challenges to help others,” said David Ferguson, director of Atlantic Mobile Health, which includes Atlantic Ambulance. “They do so every day in the communities we regularly serve, and when they get the chance to do so beyond this area, it is a special privilege.”
American Medical Response (AMR) is FEMA’s prime emergency medical service response provider and has a national agreement with FEMA to provide ground ambulance, air ambulance, paratransit services and non-ambulance EMS personnel to supplement the Federal and Military response to a disaster, an act of terrorism or any other public health emergency.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System - Powered by a workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, serving more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven award winning hospitals: Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute.
Offering a full continuum of care, the system includes Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.
Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine, Atlantic Health System attracts leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who is currently Chairman of the American Hospital Association, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across a wide breadth of clinical associations and research entities. Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center is named the number one hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Castle Connelly. For more on all of Atlantic Health System’s award-winning hospitals and services visit atlantichealth.org.