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Off Duty Valley Hospital RN Helps Fainting Women During 9/11 Memorial Service in Wyckoff

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November 20,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Congratulations to this week’s Valley Hospital Service Star, Allison Dansen, RN, Community Care! Allison was  recognized for sacrificing a very personal moment to help a person in great need of medical attention.

Last September, Allison was at a 9/11 Memorial Service in Wyckoff honoring fallen Firefighter Dana Rey Hannon, her fiancé, along with 10 other residents who had lost their lives. During the ceremony, a cry went up from the crowd: “Medic!” A woman, overcome by the heat, had fallen out of her chair. As the ceremony went forward and hundreds of people began placing flowers on the memorial stone, Allison stayed back to assist with administering oxygen to the woman. Great job and thank you, Allison, for selflessly serving your community.

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Ridgewood First responders may be unable to fit under the parking deck

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February 29,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, In the desire to fit maximum spots on the Hudson St lot the current proposed design still proposed 5 stories (including roof level parking) while the height of the building has been reduced. This was achieved by reducing the height of every story. Residents hope the council does the right thing and does not compromise on safety in their attempt to fit maximum cars at one spot. Here is what happened at Short hills mall: Quote from the article:
“Then, more time passed because the ambulance was unable to fit under the parking deck’s ceiling, forcing first responders to roll a stretcher up an entrance ramp to Friedland.”
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RidgeCrest Senior Housing prepare for disasters and storms by giving them emergency “Grab & Go” bags

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Please help the residents of RidgeCrest Senior Housing prepare for disasters and storms by giving them emergency “Grab & Go” bags.

“Grab & Go” bags give senior a sense of empowerment and security knowing that they are prepared in the event of an emergency.

Items needed for the 150 Ridgecrest “Grab and Go” bags include:
Whistles
Rain Ponchos
Light Weight Blankets
Light Weight Flashlights
Travel Size First Aid Kits

Also included in the “Grab & Go” bags will be Personal Medical ID Cards and a bottle of water

Once the items are collected, each bag will be put together and distributed during an emergency safety demonstration for the residents.

Any questions??
Please email us at sponsoraseniorbag@gmail.com

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Valley Hospital using EMT house calls to cut down on readmissions

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AUGUST 27, 2015, 9:39 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015, 11:07 PM
BY MARY JO LAYTON
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

An ambulance crew dispatched from The Valley Hospital headed out to a Ridgewood home, sirens silenced and the rig moving at normal speed. They were making a house call.

The patient was a 79-year-old man recovering from heart surgery, one of a select group the hospital has targeted in the last year to prevent costly readmissions and provide better care by delivering treatment to the front door.

The Valley team has made 34 such visits, arriving quietly and parking a discreet distance from a patient’s house to prevent panic at home or on the block. Only one patient had to be readmitted, a success rate that has encouraged officials to expand the service, said Lafe Bush, a paramedic and director of emergency services at Valley.

Dispatching the emergency crews is one of the more innovative and cost-effective strategies developed by hospitals across the state to cover critical gaps in treatment that result in readmissions and costly fines, experts said.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/valley-hospital-using-emt-house-calls-to-cut-down-on-readmissions-1.1399739

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Emergency Room Visits Continue to Rise Under Obamacare

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The health law was supposed to reduce pressure on emergency care facilities. It hasn’t.

Peter Suderman|May. 4, 2015 2:40 pm

In September, 2009, President Obama gave a prime time speech to the joint Congress making the case for the health care law that would come to be known as Obamacare. Much of the speech was devoted to explaining and justifying the law’s major components. Subsidies, he argued, were necessary to ensure that health coverage would be affordable enough that people would actually buy it. The individual mandate requiring most people to maintain coverage was necessary to ensure that free-riders didn’t take advantage of the law’s regulations and subsidies to wait until sick before purchasing coverage.

“Such irresponsible behavior costs all the rest of us money,” Obama said. “If there are affordable options and people still don’t sign up for health insurance, it means we pay for these people’s expensive emergency room visits.”

Nearly six years later, the mandate is in force, and the subsidies are offsetting a hefty chunk of the premiums for most of the people who’ve gained private coverage through the law’s exchanges. Millions of people have been covered by the law; last month, Gallup reported that the national uninsurance rate had dipped to its lowest point since 2008.

And yet in the time since Obamacare’s major coverage expansion has kicked in, the number of emergency room visits has not gone down. Nor has it held flat. Instead, it appears to be growing, perhaps quite a bit, according to a survey of nearly 3,000 ER doctors notedin The Wall Street Journal.

http://reason.com/blog/2015/05/04/emergency-room-visits-continue-to-rise-u

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Ridgewood emergency management to streamline alert system

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Ridgewood emergency management to streamline alert system

DECEMBER 17, 2014    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014, 9:18 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Ridgewood will be consolidating its current SwiftReach and limited Nixle communication system into a single, expanded Nixle system.

The village currently uses three different communication platforms, and “the problem with having three different systems … is there’s no consistency over those three databases,” said Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Coordinator Jeremy Kleiman, who recommended consolidation at a Dec. 3 council work session. “The same people might not be getting [certain alerts]. It makes absolutely no sense.”

Currently, Ridgewood communicates via email blasts; the SwiftReach system, an annual contract of Ridgewood Water that provides email, text messaging and emergency notification call services; and the current Nixle system, a free but limited version of the recommended service, with which the OEM sends emails and texts.

The village’s e-notices, SwiftReach and Nixle programs have, respectively, about 3,500, 2,000 and 3,600 email addresses.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-oem-to-streamline-alerts-1.1160477

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Wyckoff, Midland Park added to Bergen 911 dispatch system

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Wyckoff, Midland Park added to Bergen 911 dispatch system

DECEMBER 15, 2014, 9:43 PM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014, 9:44 PM
BY JOHN C. ENSSLIN
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

The Bergen County Freeholders agreed Monday to add Wyckoff and Midland Park to the county’s 911 emergency dispatch system, bringing the total number of towns served by the system to 23.

The board unanimously approved both contracts but only after several freeholders complained that the resolution had been presented with some urgency and at the last minute.

Capt. Mark Lepinski, communications director with the County Police, said any delay could result in the two towns not having dispatch service effective Jan. 1.

Lepinski urged the freeholders not to delay their vote, noting that the county has to hire new dispatchers and the towns need to purchase equipment for the county to provide the service by Jan. 1.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/wyckoff-midland-park-added-to-bergen-911-dispatch-system-1.1154885

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Employment Opportunity – NWBCD Center Director

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Employment Opportunity – NWBCD Center Director

The Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch, located in Ridgewood, NJ, is searching for a Dispatch Center Director. This individual will manage the operations and administration of the communications center serving the Village of Ridgewood and the Borough of Glen Rock, as well as other public safety jurisdictions.

Responsible for employee hiring, training, evaluation and disciplinary issues. Also oversees all operational features of the Dispatch Center, including maintenance of equipment and records, and develops and oversees the center’s annual budget.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Electronic Engineering, or other related field. Also required to have at least 2 years prior experience in public safety dispatching, valid CPR certification, Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certification and Basic Telecommunicator Certification. Previous supervisory experience required.

Send cover letter and resume, including salary requirements to:

Sharyn Matthews, Senior Human Resources Professional

Village of Ridgewood

131 North Maple Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ 07451

Smatthews@ridgewoodnj.net

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Update – “No deal” yet with Midland Park to use Central Dispatch

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Update – “No deal” yet with Midland Park to use Central Dispatch
September 18,2014
Boyd A. Loving
8:48 AM

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld announced publicly on Wednesday, 09/17 that no official deal had yet been reached regarding the provision of 911 call answering and radio dispatch services to the Borough of Midland Park by Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch (NWBCD). NWBCD is jointly owed by the Borough of Glen Rock and the Village of Ridgewood.

It is rumored that neither Sonenfeld nor Lenora Benjamin, Glen Rock’s Borough Administrator, were kept completely “in the loop” regarding discussions with Midland Park.  Pricing, staffing levels, and the possibility of radio frequency congestion are rumored to be open issues.

Governing bodies of both Glen Rock and Ridgewood are now reviewing the proposal and will have their respective municipal attorneys draft a contract for review and signature by Midland Park officials once all open issues have been satisfactorily resolved.

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Application and Fall Schedule

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Community Emergency Response Team ( CERT )Application and Fall Schedule

Community Emergency Response Team – All residents are invited to participate in the training. Ridgewood has recently formed a CERT group to help respond to emergencies.

Click Here for Application and Fall Schedule