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In Honor of Mental Health Month
and National EMS Week,
MD1 Program and Roseland Psychotherapy Associates
to Offer Mental Health Counseling
to New Jersey First Responders

MD1 Program Investigating First Responders’ Mental Health Issues During COVID-19 Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fairfield, NJ​ – May 13, 2020 – In an effort to alleviate mental health issues among New Jersey police officers, EMTs, paramedics and firefighters during the COVID-19 pandemic, MD1 Program and Roseland Psychotherapy Associates are pleased to offer one no-cost counseling session to New Jersey first responders, their spouses and children during the month of May.

Dr. Mark Merlin, CEO and founder of MD1 program, was speaking with his wife, Beth Levy-Merlin, a licensed psychotherapist and partner in Roseland Psychotherapy Associates, about his concerns for the mental health issues he’s seeing in first responders he encounters every day. Levy-Merlin realized that if they joined forces they could alleviate many of the serious mental health issues Dr. Merlin is observing among police, fire and EMS personnel.

MD1 Program is currently investigating the effects of the pandemic response on the mental health of New Jersey’s EMTs, paramedics, police officers and firefighters.

“MD1 EMS physicians are out in the field every day, responding to COVID-19 calls and supporting other first responders,” Dr. Mark Merlin said. “We’re witnessing their stress first hand, so we decided to investigate their mental health concerns and offer help to those who need it.”

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Kristen Ryan
MD1 Program media@md1program.org 844-631-3627 ext 4

GD Partners with MD1 Program for COVID-19 Response
MD1 Physicians and EMS Connect to Manage COVID-19 Patient Care with GD e-Bridge Telehealth Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RIDGEFIELD, NJ — April 14, 2020 — The MD1 Program, a non-profit organization that supports EMTs and paramedics by bringing highly trained emergency physicians to the scene of EMS calls, today began implementing General Devices’ (GD) e-Bridge telehealth solution while responding to COVID-19 emergencies.

The MD1 physicians utilize cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment to support first responders and provide the best care in the field. Now several of their EMS teams will use the GD e-Bridge mobile telemedicine app to connect with MD1’s medical control.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the protocols EMTs and paramedics have followed for years have been changing daily,” Dr. Mark A Merlin, founder and CEO of the MD1 Program said. “GD’s e-Bridge app will make it easier for first responders in the field to consult a physician and make decisions regarding their patients’ care.”

The e-Bridge mobile telemedicine app provides HIPAA-secure video conferencing, multimedia team communications, alert notifications, ETA tracking, data management, acute care workflows and more. EMTs, paramedics and the MD1 Program’s EMS physicians are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines, and efficient and reliable telecommunications solutions are critical to their success.

“The MD1 Program physicians and the EMS services they support are the ideal customers for our e-Bridge mobile app,” Curt Bashford, GD’s CEO said. “This unprecedented pandemic calls for quick thinking and fast adoption of new technologies like telehealth, so we’re privileged to play a part in supporting the brave responders who are fighting the pandemic from the front lines.”

The Springfield, New Jersey First Aid Squad will be the first squad to implement the GD e-Bridge mobile telemedicine app on EMS calls.

“We are looking forward to utilizing the robust technology provided by GD’s e-Bridge app to be virtually present with our medical directors, the MD1 Program physicians, from the scene of the emergency,” Apu Mullick, Chief of the Springfield First Aid Squad said.

GD e-Bridge, deployed on mobile devices carried by MD1 physicians and EMS teams, enables them to seek medical direction, avoid unnecessary patient transports, limit exposure, document symptoms and treatments and create reports. Remote communication with medical control lessens exposure, preserves PPE and enables providers to continue patient care while adhering to CDC social-distancing guidance.

Team GD is committed to its core purpose of “improving the health and well-being of the public at large by providing responsive innovation that connects first responders and healthcare teams.” To learn how GD’s telehealth solutions can help you and your teams during this time, visit​ ​www.general-devices.com/virus​.

About GD (General Devices)

Since its inception more than 40 years ago, GD has secured its position as a medical technology company that specializes in mobile telemedicine and telehealth. Our products enable simply smarter patient care by providing hospitals, EMS, mobile-integrated healthcare, community paramedicine and public-safety responders with the most comprehensive, highly configurable and affordable medical team communications solutions. Learn more at general-devices.com

About MD1, Inc.

MD1, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that brings doctors to the site of emergency situations. MD1 brings the emergency room to the patient by deploying highly trained emergency physicians to the sites of crashes, accidents, strokes, heart attacks, natural disasters, mass casualty incidents and other emergencies requiring advanced life support. The MD1 physicians work as a team with emergency response personnel, all dedicated to ensuring that the most critical patients are alive when they reach the hospital. ​Our physicians can perform ultrasounds, diagnostic testing and surgical procedures, right there in the field. MD1 is not associated with any single hospital system, does not charge for its services and relies on private donations to fund its operations. More information is available at ​www.MD1Program.org​.

Contact:
Kristen Ryan
MD1 Program media@md1program.org 844-631-3627 ext 4

MD1 Program Receives $25,000 Grant from Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
to Provide Enhanced COVID-19 Training to First Responders

For Immediate Release

FAIRFIELD, NJ — April 6, 2020 — Today the MD1 Program, the world’s largest provider of EMS physicians supporting EMTs, paramedics, firefighters and police on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The generous grant of emergency funding will be used to develop a dynamic, state-of-the-art training program for first responders, and provide much-needed personal protective equipment, like masks, gowns and gloves.

The MD1 Program provides medical oversight to thousands of first responders who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides highly trained EMS physicians to the scenes of their emergency medical calls. The MD1 physicians also train EMTs, paramedics, firefighters and police on all of their medical protocols, which are constantly changing during the pandemic.

“The grant we received from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey enables us to reach more first responders and support them during this unprecedented pandemic,” Dr. Mark Merlin, founder and CEO of the MD1 Program said. “This is crucial because the

job they do every day, the tasks they perform automatically, are all different now, and they’re changing every day.”

“We are pleased to grant $25,000 to the MD1 Program to support them in their efforts to educate and support first responders during the coronavirus pandemic,” Marsha Atkind, Executive Director and CEO of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey said. “Our dedicated first responders are on the front lines of this emergency and we are privileged to provide training and equipment to help keep them safe.”

The MD1 Program plans to use the funds to develop comprehensive training that can remain dynamic, as protocols for fighting COVID-19 are changing every day.

About MD1, Inc.

MD1, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that brings doctors to the site of emergency situations. MD1 brings the emergency room to the patient by deploying highly trained emergency physicians to the sites of crashes, accidents, strokes, heart attacks, natural disasters, mass casualty incidents and other emergencies requiring advanced life support. The MD1 physicians work as a team with emergency response personnel, all dedicated to ensuring that the most critical patients are alive when they reach the hospital. ​Our physicians can perform ultrasounds, diagnostic testing and surgical procedures, right there in the field. MD1 is not associated with any single hospital system, does not charge for its services and relies on private donations to fund its operations. More information is available at ​www.MD1Program.org​.

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