Ambulance Agreement Signed with Branchburg Township
December 29, 2010
Somerset Medical Center has contracted with Branchburg Township to provide supplemental ambulance service during the week, effective Jan. 3. The township’s volunteer rescue squad will continue to provide primary coverage to the township.
“We look forward to partnering with Branchburg Rescue Squad to assist them in providing prompt, expert emergency care to their community,” said Ken Bateman, president and chief executive officer of Somerset Medical Center.
Through a shared services agreement with neighboring communities, Somerset Medical Center also provides primary ambulance coverage for Manville and Raritan and backup ambulance coverage for South Bound Brook and Bridgewater. In addition, the medical center provides weekday daytime ambulance coverage for Bedminster and Far Hills, Green Brook and South Plainfield. It also staffs a county-wide unit available to respond anywhere in Somerset County to supplement coverage by volunteer rescue squads.
Somerset Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services Department also provides primary advanced life support to most of Somerset County and secondary coverage to portions of Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer and Morris counties. The EMS department staffs two Mobile Intensive Care Units 24 hours a day, one unit based at the medical center and the other in Hillsborough Township. A third unit is staffed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week to answer additional calls. Together, these units respond to more than 8,500 requests for service each year.
The Emergency Medical Services Department also offers a variety of community, EMS and corporate education programs including first aid, CPR and an EMT training course at the Somerset County Vocational Technical School. For more information about emergency medical services at Somerset Medical Center, visit the medical center’s Web site at www.somersetmedicalcenter.com.