Ambulance Update: Chilton Hospital Extends Second Emergency Vehicle for Community Following Positive Trial|
On August 1, Chilton Hospital began providing a second basic life support (BLS) ambulance to optimize the health status of its community. One of the program’s goals was to alleviate some of the pressure from the all-volunteer Pequannock Township First Aid and Rescue Squad.
As the conclusion of its highly successful three-month trial period approaches on October 31, the hospital has made a decision to continue the additional BLS ambulance’s services.
The surrounding communities that the second BLS ambulance has also serviced includes: Lincoln Park, Kinnelon, Bloomingdale, Butler, West Milford, Wanaque, Ringwood Pompton Lakes and Riverdale.
“We significantly decreased the amount of time that Pequannock volunteers were called upon after adding our second vehicle,” reported Chilton’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Manager Jackie McNally. “In addition, we added four New Jersey-certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to the original six we had on staff, to better meet the needs of the community. Each ambulance is always staffed with two EMTs.”
The call volume increases that Chilton’s BLS services handled in the past two months were as follows:
- 114 calls in August 2012 (up from 82 in August 2011)
- 123 calls in September 2012 (up from 79 in September 2011)
Chilton’s MICU has been closely examining data from emergency calls since the second BLS ambulance went into effect. As a result, its hours were altered to reflect the growing need of emergency services later in the day. Currently the additional ambulance is in service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are going to continue to monitor the time of day that is most critical and Chilton is committed to providing quality service to the community during the times when most needed.” McNally said. “In addition, Chilton’s original BLS ambulance extended its hours of operation in the beginning of the three month trial. It has been available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.”
Chilton representatives recently held a meeting with Pequannock Township officials to review the second BLS ambulance’s successful data and to announce plans to extend its services past the end of the trial period. The hospital and township expects to meet again in early November to finalize details of the next phase.
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Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.