Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health Hopes To Use Tragedy Of 9/11 As Teaching Tool

Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health will use the anniversary of 9/11 to help prepare the community for any future disaster or emergency situations.

"We wanted to do something positive for the community in celebrating the anniversary of this tragic event," said Joseph Scott, President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health. "Following the city's memorial services, we will host a series of workshops for the people who live and work in our community to prepare them for the possibility of any future natural or man-made disaster, or even a family emergency. We may not be able to predict an emergency, but proper planning and preparation can often make a difference should one occur."

The hospital will be conducting emergency planning and safety sessions on Thursday, September 11th from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria and from 7 – 8 p.m. in conference rooms 5, 6 and 7 at 355 Grand Street, Jersey City. The sessions are free and will be presented by the hospital's EMS and emergency medicine staff and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

"There is never any forewarning, which is why every family should have a plan in should an emergency occur," said Dr. Michael Bessette, director of the emergency department at Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health. "Seconds are valuable and having family members know what steps to take is critical."

Added Robert Luckritz, director of EMS at Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health, "Even something as simple as educating your children on when to call 9-1-1 and what to say can make the difference between life and death. We encourage the community to attend this important seminar so they can find out what they can do to be fully prepared."

The program will provide critical information regarding family emergency planning and essential supplies that should be kept close at hand.

"Most people don't like to think about worst case scenarios," said Marissa Fisher, a trauma nurse and the Injury Prevention Coordinator for the Division of Trauma at Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health. "But, like taking out an insurance policy, it's important to be prepared."

On September 11, 2001, the hospital and Jersey City fire and police departments treated some 2,000 people injured at the World Trade Center. This was more than any other hospital in the New York City region.

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