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AirMed One Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Story Number is : 041117102
Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center proudly marks the fifth anniversary of AirMed One. The helicopter, which offers vital transport services to patients, first took flight on April 7, 2012.

“We are proud that AirMed One has reached this significant milestone,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Along with providing critical care in the air, AirMed One is valued for participation in important service events that help to inform and support our extended community.”

Community events have included: National Night Out, a law enforcement initiative across the U.S. to promote community building; Landing Zone Operations, a continuing education opportunity provided by AirMed One and offered to local EMS, firefighters, law enforcement and other community partners; providing required education for First Aid Badges for Brownies and Girl Scouts and First Merit Badges for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts; Junior Police Academy presentations to raise awareness of Hackensack University Medical Center resources and support; and Prom Crash events, which involve role playing and DWI reenactments, working with local police and school administrators to emphasize the dangers of drinking and driving.

Looking back on its inaugural mission, highlighting the need for this level of care, AirMed One was initially pressed into service an hour-and-a-half after its official beginning.

“My team members and I are fully committed to this service because when people call 9-1-1 and need transport to our facility, they are in dire need,” said Joseph Solda, RN, BSN, CFRN, NREMT-P CMTE, AirMed One chief flight nurse. “People put their trust in us. Our team shares a passion for providing the best care for people in their time of need.”
AirMed One was the first aircraft in New Jersey to utilize the LUCAS® chest compression system, which performs high-quality chest compressions when a patient goes into cardiac arrest. Last year, AirMed One became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport System (CAMTS) on its first attempt. Licensed in both New Jersey and New York, the entire AirMed One team has been recognized for board certification in flight.

To date, AirMed One has logged 1,264 patient care missions – and climbing.

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