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Elizabeth Fire Department honored at Trinitas Emergency Care Symposium

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Members of the Trinitas emergency care team pose with Richard Biedrzycki, EMS Chief of the Elizabeth Fire Department (center).
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GARWOOD, NJ - The Elizabeth Fire Department was honored by Trinitas Regional Medical Center during its annual Emergency Care Symposium held recently at The Westwood in Garwood, NJ.  More than 200 emergency and fire professionals attended the event, which was designed to help emergency medical personnel improve their professional performance in the field.  Topics Included: Bomb Threat Management, Care of the Stroke Patient, Stress in EMS, Maintaining an Airway, Active Shooter Protocol, Emerging Topics in Emergency and Pre-Hospital Care.

The Elizabeth Fire Department was presented with a plaque to recognize their role in partnering with Trinitas to win the American Heart and Stroke Association’s 2016 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Gold Award. This award recognizes speed and coordination in transporting chest pain patients to the hospital for emergency cardiac treatment. 

“In the past, ‘door-to-needle’ time was used as an indicator of quality patient care,” states Gerard Muench, director of Pre-Hospital Services at Trinitas. It referred to the time that elapsed between a cardiac patient’s arrival in the ER and the start of life-saving treatment in the cardiac catheterization lab.  “Now, the clock starts when emergency services personnel first arrive at the scene of a patient having chest pain.  Those first moments of treatment in the field are crucial to a patient’s overall outcome by reducing the damage to the heart caused by a blocked coronary artery,” he adds.  

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Together the Trinitas Mobile Intensive Care Unit and Elizabeth Fire Department are changing and saving lives in the greater Elizabeth Area, and will continue to evolve and develop to provide quality patient care.

“Collaboration among pre-hospital providers, the hospital and community emergency resources, is the key to saving more lives.  It is gratifying to be recognized for driving improvements in care for patients in the community and raising the bar for emergency medical system providers,” states Rich Biedrzycki, EMS Chief for the Elizabeth Fire Department.

The partnership between the Trinitas EMS Department and Elizabeth Fire Department has positioned the team as an innovative health care leader and invested community partner. The conference was made possible by generous grants from the Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation.

Pictured from left to right: John D’Angelo, DO, Chair of Emergency Department; Raffee Matossian, MD, MICU Medical Director; Mercy Mallari, MSN, RN, Director of Emergency Department; Richard Biedrzycki, EMT, EMS Chief, Elizabeth Fire Department; Joseph L. McTernan, DHSc, FACHE, Sr. Director of Community and Clinical Services and Gerard Muench, RN, MPA, NRP, Director of PreHospital Services.

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