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|Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.|
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The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has selected the Somerset Medical Center as the site for the Medical Coordination Center (MCC) in the Central West public health region of the state, strengthening New Jersey’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.
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“From building an Emergency Department that is one of the largest and best equipped in New Jersey to forging unique collaborations with local rescue squads that serve as a state model for effective shared services, Somerset Medical Center has been a leader in emergency care,” said Ken Bateman, president and chief executive officer of Somerset Medical Center. “Designation as a state
Previously, eight other MCC sites were selected by DHSS. MCCs are located at hospitals throughout the state and are part of the DHSS’ emergency response capability. Each facility will provide regional planning, training, exercise and coordination of medical and medically related activities in preparation for a health emergency.
Functions of the MCC during an emergency will include analyzing and reporting daily regional health system statistics, collecting and monitoring bed status, diversion status, regional medical and pharmaceutical supply and Emergency Medical Service status. MCCs will also coordinate and communicate regional information to DHSS.
Each MCC facility can augment staff by with Department of Health and Senior Service members that are located in the regional area. During an emergency, each facility will have the capacity to be staffed by 20 public health professionals.
Regional MCCs will assist in coordinating overall planning, training, exercise, response and recovery activities in each of five New Jersey Public Health regions: Northeast, Northwest, Central East, Central West, and South.
The Department has designated MCCs in the following hospitals:
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingtson
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