Northwell Health emergency medical technicians (EMTs) have taken to mountain bikes this week as they patrol the grounds of Bethpage State Park as part of the health system’s exclusive medical provider agreement with the PGA Championship.
As the world’s best golfers and their fans descend on Bethpage Black golf course this week, Northwell has a massive presence on hand to help both PGA Tour pros along with the expected 200,000 spectators with any medical issues that might pop up.
Four staffed medical stations are located throughout the course for spectators, which is important considering it’s a one-hour walk from the furthest hole to the clubhouse. Three ambulances are onsite, ready to transport potential patients. And, of course, EMTs can bike anywhere they’re needed.
“Northwell Health is proud to offer comprehensive health care treatment and prevention on many levels at this PGA Championship,” said Nina J. DePaola, PT, vice president of Northwell’s Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Service Line. “Our care includes four urgent care medical stations at various areas on the course manned by a range of health care professionals from specialty doctors, nurses to athletic trainers. Our EMS ambulances and bike carts are on hand throughout the event to manage patients in emergent situations.”
New York State’s largest health system has staffed the event with 30 emergency medicine physicians, 26 registered nurses, 11 orthopedists, 21 physical therapists and 21 certified athletic trainers, many of whom are available to the PGA Tour pros and caddies in the wellness station at the clubhouse. Also on call 24 hours a day: Physicians in 28 different specialties.
“Northwell Health is offering full-service care to not only the spectators but to the players and caddies,” said Thomas Mauri, MD, vice president of the Orthopedic Service Line and vice chair of Orthopedic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center. “We have become the leaders in the region working with many sports related events. Our physicians in all specialties are on call or on site to offer the full spectrum of care available. This is an example of our Northwell Health teams working at their best – fully integrated care and strong teamwork.”
Stop by any Northwell medical station along the golf course for free SPF 30 sunscreen courtesy of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute.