Pre-Hospital Care

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Disaster Preparedness Division of Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West has become the foundation of the EMS Service of the Mount Sinai Health System. With 12 ambulances working in the 9-1-1 System of New York City, we will respond to over 70,000 calls this year. Our mission is to provide the highest quality prehospital care and promote the integration of emergency services through the spectrum of care. As a partner with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), we strive to provide the highest level of patient care and customer service.

The Division works with the Residency leadership to provide a robust EMS and Disaster Preparedness experience throughout residency with an ambulance ride-along experience, EMS education and research opportunities, large event medicine (NYC Marathon Finish Line Tent and more) and disaster preparedness training.

Mount Sinai St. Luke's (MSSL) and Mount Sinai West (MSW) Hospital Center Ambulance Service acquired its first ambulance in 1877, among the first on the streets of New York City. At Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West Hospital Center, the ambulance and its staff have been a part of that team since the era when the emergency department was run by a nurse and the doctor was on call well over 150 year ago.

Our ambulance service has always taken the lead and has been an innovator in the field of emergency medical services in New York City. It was on the streets when ambulances were drawn by horses, the first EMS service in New York City to employ women, and among the first to support full paramedic care. Ours was the first ambulance service to use thrombolytics in the field ("Out-of-Hospital Paramedic Administered Streptokinase for Acute Myocardial Infarction", Lancet, page 1187, 1988). Its area of service extends from Harlem, through Morningside Heights, Central Park, and the Upper West Side into the center of Midtown Manhattan and the theater district.

In the recent past, EMS providers from MSSL and MSW have provided care during times of crisis and disaster, including the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, and numerous critical emergencies in New York City.

As a resident, during your Emergency Department clinical rotations, you will have the opportunity to learn from and ride along with the paramedics and EMTs at both Mt. Sinai St. Luke's and Mt. Sinai West.

Our prehospital division is led by two EMS fellowship trained physicians, Drs. Michael Redlener and Michael Hilton. For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Redlener, Medical Director for EMS and Disaster Preparedness.