AUGUST 27, 2015, 9:39 PM LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015, 11:07 PM
BY MARY JO LAYTON
STAFF WRITER |
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.
Reader states Why on earth doesn’t the Village ask Valley for a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) is beyond me
Why on earth doesn’t the Village ask Valley for a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) is beyond me… all Valley does is present ridiculous expansion plans based on ordinance 3066 -which former Mayor Pfund passed to allow them to apply for exceptions to the Village Master Plan – then waste Villagers time and money, and then sue us. Then they pay their CEO $2 million a year for running a single hospital – whereas the others on that list run hosital systems – and they can’t even pay their fair share of the costs for Villages services including Police, Fire, EMT, sanitation, snow removal, road and pothole repair, etc. Some non-profit that is, they’re a bad neighbor.
Ridgewood Emergency Medical Services seeks new members
JULY 15, 2014 LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014, 12:06 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
This past March, on a small 50-seat plane heading out to New Orleans, three friends with Ridgewood Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training – including Ridgewood EMS Chief Brian Pullman – helped abate a scary situation.
A fellow passenger passed out as he was walking to the bathroom. The three men attended to the anxious man, who had the flu, and calmed his wife and the plane crew. Their calm under pressure prevented a possible emergency landing.
Ridgewood Police Lt. Glenn Ender also recalled how this winter he put his EMT training to important use when he was off-duty. Driving into the IHOP on Route 17 South, Ender saw an SUV flip over near the restaurant’s entrance. He put his family’s breakfast on hold, telling his children to stay put while he ran over and helped the driver, whose leg was pinned beneath the dashboard. He put pressure on the driver’s bleeding wounds until on-duty police and an ambulance crew arrived minutes later.
“Once the ambulance pulled up, I turned it over to them, and I just had breakfast,” Ender said.
Ridgewood’s fire chief, a former paid Ridgewood EMS staffer, also has a similar tale. During a family rafting trip on the Colorado River rapids in May 2001, Fire Chief James Van Goor helped fashion a splint for a young rafter who fell and broke his arm. The rafter was later escorted by a helicopter out of the area.
The EMS department is hoping that more residents see the need to learn these heroic skills and are willing to volunteer their time.
– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/clubs-and-service-organizations/ridgewood-ems-makes-push-for-new-members-1.1051478#sthash.5YuZwODK.dpuf
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No injuries following garbage truck crash in Ridgewood
Boyd A. Loving
Ridgewiid NJ, A Village of Ridgewood sanitation truck collided with a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Prospect Street and Durar Avenue in Ridgewood at approximately 9:00 AM on Wednesday, May 7. No injuries were reported in the crash, either to the three (3) person Village sanitation crew, or to the Camry’s driver. Although the Toyota sustained heavy passenger side damage, it was able to be driven from the scene. The sanitation vehicle was driven back to the Village’s garage for temporary repairs that enabled it to continue on its route. There is a stop sign present at the intersection, but there was no word from police on the scene as to whether any summonses were issued in connection with the crash.
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“Jaws of Life” needed to free driver in late night Ridgewood crash
Boyd A. Loving
Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood FD firefighters needed the “Jaws of Life” to free the female driver of an Acura TL after she was pinned in her car following a late night, two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Linwood and Walthery Avenues. After being removed from her vehicle, the driver was transported by ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center with what were described by police on the scene as non life threatening injuries.
A black Audi involved in the crash sustained very heavy front end damage, but its driver refused medical aid, as did two other vehicle occupants. Both vehicles were removed by flatbed tow truck. Responding were Ridgewood PD, FD, and EMS, Bergen County PD, and a paramedic unit from The Valley Hospital. Ridgewood PD issued four (4) summonses in connection with the crash; details of their nature and to whom the summonses were issued were not made available at the scene.