Hackensack Meridian Health recently implemented its new brand campaign motto, “We are ready”, with a large-scale emergency response exercise.
The training was designed to prepare teams at Hackensack Meridian Old Bridge Medical Center and the New Jersey EMS Task Force in the event of a catastrophic hurricane.
The drill utilized the statewide capabilities that Hackensack Meridian Health has in the event of an infrastructure failure at any of its facilities, the system said, including a 50-bed field hospital. , medical ambulance buses and oxygen generator trucks.
“We are grateful for the collaboration, expertise and dedication of the New Jersey EMS Task Force in conducting this joint exercise at our hospital,” said Patricia Carroll, hospital general manager for Old Bridge Medical. Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center, in a statement. .
“As we approach the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and deal with the aftermath of more recent hurricanes Ida and Ian, it has never been more important to conduct these drills and drills,” Carroll continued.
Mike Bascom, head of state and nonprofit chair of the NJ EMS Task Force, stressed the importance of these types of exercises.
“As seen recently in Florida after Hurricane Ida, meeting medical needs during a disaster, without power, with limited access to supplies and food, and when local resources are taxed, is a essential element for a rapid recovery of the community,” Bascom said.
Bascom continued, “The NJ EMS Task Force was developed to provide the state with medical surge support capability for hospitals and to ensure that EMS has the resources to respond to large-scale incidents, major planned events and disasters.
The NJ EMS Task Force is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 250 career and volunteer EMS service providers statewide. The organization was formed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to better prepare New Jersey’s responses to large-scale events. Recent accomplishments of the task force include creating and executing a statewide COVID-19 vaccine transfer plan.
Hackensack Meridian Health is New Jersey’s largest healthcare network.