In a continuing effort to better serve their patients throughout New Jersey, MONOC Mobile Health Services has recently added a program called MD-1. This program calls for emergency physicians to respond directly to the scene of certain life threatening calls to assist MONOC paramedics already on location. Physicians will respond in a specially designated emergency vehicle specifically outfitted with life saving equipment and medication otherwise only scene inside a hospital. MD-1 will respond to significant scenes such as patient entrapments taking more than an hour to free, mass casualty events, and major events with extended duration. While on scene, the MD-1 physician will be available to provide both direction as well as advanced medical interventions.
Leading the program will be Dr. Mark Merlin, a new member of MONOC’s Medical Advisory Board as well as the Chair of the EMS/Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Medical Director for the New Jersey EMS Task Force. Dr. Merlin is a welcome addition to MONOC and has been present at several large scale events over the years.
MONOC Mobile Health Services is a non-profit hospital cooperative consisting of 16 acute care hospitals located throughout New Jersey. Formed in 1978 MONOC’s mission is to improve health care and reduce costs. MONOC Mobile Health Services is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and employs over 730 employees and operates a fleet of over 100 ambulances. Together this shared services consortium acts as a health care cooperative for these acute care hospitals and over 2.8 million residents that they serve living in more than 1,800 square miles of the Garden State.
Among its numerous service lines, MONOC operates MICU Paramedic Services, Helicopter interfacility and 911 services, Mobile Critical Care Services, and Basic Life Support interfacility and 911 services. Additionally, MONOC operates a Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) accredited education department which is the largest EMS education department in New Jersey providing continuing medical education to EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, Police Officers, Fire Fighters and the general public. Coordinating all of MONOC’s communications is an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) 24/7 state of the art 9-1-1 dispatch center which handled over 161,000 requests for service in 2011.