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Atlantic Ambulance Takes to the Skies With Third Medevac Helicopter
MORRISTOWN, NJ APRIL 2012 – Atlantic Ambulance Corporation, a subsidiary of Atlantic Health System, the parent company of Morristown, Overlook and Newton Medical Centers and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, this week launched its third medevac helicopter into the skies above northern New Jersey.
The new chopper, Atlantic Air Three, will provide service primarily to the residents of Sussex and Passaic Counties. The addition of the helicopter to serve this area follows Atlantic Health System’s merger with Newton Medical Center last year, and reflects the organization’s commitment to providing high-quality services to residents in these communities.
“With the growth of our parent organization, Atlantic Health System, Atlantic Air Three will ensure that people in the communities we serve will have transportation to the services they need as quickly as possible,” said Richard Donovan, director of Atlantic Ambulance.
The addition of Atlantic Air Three also enhances Atlantic Ambulance’s already widespread services throughout New Jersey, which includes Atlantic Air One, based in Netcong, and Atlantic Air Two, based in Millville.
All three helicopters are EC-135 Eurocopters, a model of helicopter which is quieter than most others, thanks to a fan enclosed in the tail fin, and 10 blades, arranged asymmetrically in the rotor hub of the tail fin, which spread sound out over several frequencies. The trio of choppers also boasts all of the same features, including the Atlantic Ambulance/PHI crew. The helicopters are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment such as GPS, radar, an aircraft collision avoidance system and four different communications radios, including satellite.
Atlantic Air Three will be based in Netcong with Atlantic Air One, but unlike Air One, will respond to medevac calls from the helipad located at the Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon. Like its earlier cousins, Air Three will transport patients from trauma scenes as well as between facilities.
Atlantic Air One, the teal-colored medevac helicopter that has become a fixture in the skies of New Jersey, this year marked six years of service. Since its launch in 2006, Air One has made nearly 400 flights each year, transporting patients from accident and other emergency scenes as well as to and from Morristown Medical Center and other medical facilities. Morristown Medical Center is named a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and a Level II by the state of New Jersey, and other medical facilities.
Atlantic Air One, based at a hangar in Netcong, is staffed by nurses and paramedics from Atlantic Ambulance, and piloted by PHI Inc., which owns and maintains the helicopter. In 2007, on its first anniversary, the crew of Air One became the first in New Jersey to be trained to use night-vision goggles, a special enhancement that allows the pilots and crew to more safely fly at night.
In December 2010, Atlantic Ambulance launched Atlantic Air Two, which began providing medevac service to the southern-New Jersey regions of Cumberland, Burlington, Ocean, Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, Cape May counties. Atlantic Air Two, is based at the Millville Municipal Airport in Cumberland County, and flies patients from emergency scenes to medical facilities, including Cooper University Hospital, as well as flights between facilities.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.
Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.