Doing the right thing for all
Jul 27, 2014 | 1817 views | 1 1 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

As a long-time resident of Jersey City, I want to thank Mayor Fulop for his decision to restart the process of selecting Jersey City’s EMS provider. I am a strong supporter of the Jersey City Medical Center and it was clear that the hospital didn’t get a fair shake during the first round of consideration. Jersey City Medical Center has been providing our city with emergency medical services for more than a century and they are among the best in the country at what they do.

In December of 2013, upon realizing that contract could be awarded to CarePoint, I started an ad-hoc organization called Save Our EMS that gained rapid community support in favor of JCMC. During the period of three months we created a public awareness campaign of the potential EMS contract change and hosted public forums in Greenville and in the Heights. Jersey City Medical Center using MARVLS technology which is a predictive model of where paramedics are needed and because of this it has decreased the amount of time to get to a location. It saves minutes and when life is on the line every second counts. JCMC EMS are the only provider who offer this model. CarePoint/McCAbe does not use this life saving technology. It doesn’t seem to be in the best interest of our city and its citizens to abandon an organization that has served us well in favor of CarePoint, which has no record of service in our community.

I am glad that the mayor heard the voices of many of us who want to see Jersey City Medical Center continue to operate as our EMS provider moving forward. I hope that the mayor’s decision signals his willingness to do the right thing for all of us.

April Kuzas

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August 04, 2014
As resident of Jersey City too, I implore Mayor Fulop to stay with his original decision, which was to go with the competing EMS service. This would insure Jersey City residents of having better health and safety. It would also save Jersey City from being price-gouged by the Jersey City Medical Center, yet again, with nothing to show for it.

In December of 2013, my friend (Perelman_19104) wrote letters to the Mayor and the City Council informing them of the unscrupulous things JCMC EMS and the Jersey City Police Dept were involved in. My friend loudly protested online as well as other places that Jersey City should have a new EMS provider—not JCMC EMS. Subsequently, a brick was thrown threw his window at 4:00 a.m. on December 21, 2013. And he has been harassed by JCMC EMS EMT drivers as well as JCPD for protesting against this. A police report was made, but what good it will do has yet to be revealed.

At any rate, WE MUST NOT FORGET: until competition entered the fray of EMS service for Jersey City, JCMC EMS provided only mediocre service to the residents of Jersey City. Many people have complained of being taken exclusively to JCMC. There were complaints of missed calls. JCMC took millions from the city for years for shoddy service. Now, all of a sudden, they want to clean up their act. JCMC has embarked on an image improving campaign for JCMC EMS, since December 2013 that reeks of phoniness.

The residents of Jersey City deserve better Mr. Mayor. We've all had enough of JCMC EMS. After 130 years of mediocrity, I think JCMC EMS has proved the case that it’s time for a change.