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County names Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services A Dedicated Medical Professional to Lead Regionalized Ambulance Staff

(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene Reed announced today that a local expert has been chosen to provide medical direction for the soon-to-be regionalized emergency medical services (EMS).  Effective September 20th, 2007, Victor A. Heresniak, a Doctor of Osteopathy and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, will be the Medical Director of Gloucester County EMS. 


“Dr. Heresniak will oversee the overall quality of care provided by the Emergency Medical Services staff,” stated Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, “His roots are with regionalized emergency medical services through his years of service to the Logan system.  He is a respected professional who supports the concept of regionalization and has worked to develop it in his corner of the County.  This is an opportunity for him to bring his expertise to a greater number of patients.”


Dr. Heresniak will manage the clinical aspects of patient care for the regionalized EMS system. This will be primarily accomplished through performance reviews of medical care reports, participation in the development of procedures and protocols, and the provision of education during regular training sessions.


Freeholder Helene M. Reed said, “Dr. Heresniak has a proven track record of delivering stellar medical direction including serving as the Medical Director for the Logan EMS system which serves four towns and is a role model for the larger County system.”  Reed is the liaison to Gloucester County Office of Emergency Response. 


Other highlights of Dr. Heresniak’s experience include Medical Director of Crozer EMS, Crozer-Chester Medical Center Paramedic Program, and On Site Medical Services.  Dr. Heresniak is also Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.


“Development of a county wide regionalized EMS is the natural progression of what has been shown to be a success.  I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of this,” stated Dr. Heresniak.


The Gloucester County regionalized Emergency Medical Services is the first of its kind in New Jersey.  Ten municipalities have signed-up to participate in the first phase of County Regionalized EMS and they are: Clayton, Glassboro, Swedesboro, Woolwich, Paulsboro, West Deptford, Mantua, Pitman, Logan, and East Greenwich.  Phase One begins on September 30, 2007. 


Under the county EMS system, these towns will have full-time 24-7 coverage.  Nine stations will service Phase One.  Of these, seven stations will operate round-the-clock and an additional two stations will operate on a 12-hour, seven days a week schedule, to meet peak demand and to serve as back-up as needs arise.  A total of 10 ambulances will be in operation during the day and 8 at night.  Every ambulance will be staffed with two certified EMT's.


Gloucester County EMS aims to achieve a response time of 8 minutes 59 seconds or less, 90% of the time.  This measure of 8:59 has been identified as the “Gold Standard of Excellence” by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Service.