The Emergency Medical Services Department includes approximately 100 paramedics and EMTs who provide critical care transport service from community hospitals to Stony Brook University Hospital. Many of these patients are in need of advanced services not provided by the smaller community hospitals. The department staffs 12 critical care ambulances located at SBUMC and on the east end of Long Island. Approximately 9,000 patients are transported each year.
The division also offers a 1-year ACGME accredited fellowship in EMS, more information regarding the fellowship can be found here.
In the spring of 2019 in collaboration with the Stony Brook Cerebrovascular and Comprehensive Stroke Center, the Emergency Medical Services Division launched Long Island’s first two mobile stroke units. These units have the capability of performing advanced imaging including both non-contrast CT Heads and CT angiograms of the brain which accelerates the time to make an accurate stroke diagnosis, allows for time-sensitive stroke therapies to be administered earlier, rapid diagnosis of large vessel occlusions and facilitates the transport of stroke patients directly to the most appropriate hospital for the level of care they require, the first time.
SBUMC EMS paramedics staff the Suffolk County medevac helicopters located in the east and west portions of the county. The east base is staffed 16 hours a day and the west base is staffed 24 hours a day. The paramedics provide medical care on the Suffolk County Police Department’s four aircraft. Approximately 450 medevac flights are completed each year.
Online medical control for Suffolk County’s volunteer ambulance services is provided by the EMS department. At least one medical control operator/paramedic is on duty 24 hours a day to facilitate communication with the on duty medical control physician. The medical control center is located adjacent to the transfer center in the Emergency Department allowing for the rapid exchange of information between the two areas. Medical control handles approximately 30,000 requests for online medical direction per year.
SBUMC EMS paramedics staff two first responder vehicles 7 days a week on the east end of Suffolk County. These vehicles assist the volunteer agencies with their daytime response and are a valuable resource to the local communities. The east end first responders answer approximately 1,400 calls per year in conjunction with the volunteer agencies.
SBUMC EMS provides emergency medical education through CME programs provided at local agencies and through a high tech mobile simulation vehicle called the Simulance. The vehicle was designed specifically for training and is outfitted with audio visual equipment to facilitate learning in the group environment. Scenario sessions are recorded and played back for critique by the instructors and audience.
The EMS department is the Difficult Airway Course: EMS™ sponsor for the north east region of the country. The Difficult Airway Course: EMS™ teaches advanced airway principles and practices that help providers of any skill level become more confident with their airway management decisions. The course is taught by paramedic and physician instructors approximately 6 times a year at various locations throughout the north east region.
Monthly Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support courses are organized for clinical staff. Research opportunities are completed in conjunction with the Department of Emergency Medicine’s research staff.
Dr. Mark Henry- Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. R. Trevor Marshall, FAEMS-Medical Director, Division of EMS; EMS Fellowship Director; Medical Director, Medical Control, Medevac, and Difficult Airway Course.
Dr. Lauren Maloney- EMS Fellow
Eric Niegelberg-Administrative Director for Emergency Services
Stephen Slovensky, MBA, EMT-P- Emergency Medical Services Director
Shawn Edouard, MBA, EMT-P- Emergency Medical Services Assistant Director
Peter Flanagan- Paramedic Supervisor
Ernest Gaiser- Paramedic Supervisor
Nikki Mongiello- Paramedic Supervisor
Jason Hoffman- Paramedic Supervisor
Kevin Pesce- Medical Control Supervisor
Edder Peralta- EMS Educator
Rudy Princi- EMS Educator