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Mohawk Ambulance Service Updates Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Equipped Ambulance

ALBANY, N.Y. – Mohawk Ambulance Service has updated its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) ambulance which is operated in conjunction with staff from Albany Medical Center. With a coverage range of 25 counties in New York and Western Massachusetts, the ambulance responded to its first call on April 6, 2016 and has since responded to more than 100 calls involving child and infant patients. “Ambulance 33” is the fifth ambulance purchased as part of a long-running collaborative project between Mohawk Ambulance Service and the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

The ambulance is equipped with a diesel engine and spacious interiors, which allows Albany Medical Center staff to more easily maneuver when treating patients. A Stealth Power smart-electric power system provides power to Albany Medical Center’s intricate on-board life support apparatuses, two medical grade air compressors to power breathing ventilators, and oxygen capacity to provide high-flow oxygen to a patient for nearly 24 hours. This system allows crews to turn off their engine while maintaining access to the power supply for up to six hours, in turn, reducing emissions.

“This ambulance offers sophisticated NICU 33emergency care to our youngest patients when minutes matter most,” said David Clark, M.D., director of the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. “With the latest electrical, medical and mechanical equipment, Mohawk Ambulance underscores its commitment to safely transporting the critically ill and injured babies and children of our region.”

Albany Medical Center’s transport teams consist of specially trained nurses and respiratory therapists. These medical professionals travel with Mohawk Ambulance crew members to other hospitals within Albany Medical Center’s service area to pick up and transport critically ill young patients who require advanced care at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

“The technology and equipment used to save lives changes frequently and we must constantly invest in our company’s fleet and the equipment our professionals use to provide the highest quality of emergency medical care to the patients we serve,” said James P. McPartlon, III, president, Mohawk Ambulance Service. “We are committed to saving lives and we will dedicate the resources necessary to provide the highest quality care and treatment to those who need and utilize our services.”

Other features of the ambulance include a slide-out electric-hydraulic lift to assist in loading and unloading, an air-ride suspension system to provide a gentler ride and chains that can be added to the tires with the flip of a switch in the event of inclement weather.

About the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center:
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center is a 56-bassinet unit that serves as a Level IV referral center for a 25-county service area, providing the highest level of treatment for neonates as part of the Regional Perinatal Center. The 19-room pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is the only one of its kind in the region.

Mohawk Ambulance Service Promotes Two Team Members to Senior Leadership Positions

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Mohawk Ambulance Service is pleased to announce the promotion of two employees to senior leadership positions. David Gardner has been promoted to assistant director of operations and Nathanael Hakes has been promoted to assistant director of communications.

Gardner has more than 22 years of experience in emergency services. He joined Mohawk Ambulance in 2011 and quickly moved up the ranks, serving as an EMT, supervisor, station leader, and most recently, regional manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for planning, organizing, and providing administrative direction to all Mohawk Ambulance EMTs and Paramedics, and will implement and enforce all policies, procedures, and standards.

Prior to joining Mohawk Ambulance, Gardner worked as an EMT at Empire Ambulance in Troy, and was with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a Public Safety Officer and Sergeant. He served with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department as a communications officer responsible for emergency and non-emergency call taking and dispatching police, fire and EMS for Saratoga County. Gardner also worked for ten years as a dispatcher for the Town of Waterford Police Department and previously worked as a part-time police officer for the Villages of Ballston Spa, Corinth and the New York State Park Police.

A native of the Town of Waterford, Gardner has been a dedicated volunteer firefighter in the Northside Fire District in the Town of Waterford since 1991. He has proudly served as a volunteer, holding every position in the fire service from firefighter, lieutenant and captain to assistant chief and chief.  A vital part of the team, his dedication and commitment to providing excellent service earned him Mohawk Ambulance Services’ Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and 2014.

Hakes joined Mohawk Ambulance Service in 2002 as a part-time EMT, becoming full-time in 2004. He pursued a position in the communications department in 2006 and earned promotions to communications supervisor, communications chief supervisor and, in 2011, communications department manager. In his new role as assistant director of communications, he will oversee the dispatch/communications center, manage and maintain all the communications equipment in the communications center and in all vehicles, and manage and maintain the electronic Patient Care Reports (ePCR) program.

An interest in emergency services led Hakes to become a volunteer firefighter in 1998 at the Beukendaal Fire Department in Glenville, where he volunteered until 2006. His interest broadened to the medical side leading him to enroll in an EMT class at Schenectady Community College and become a certified EMT in 2002. In addition to working at Mohawk Ambulance as an EMT, he concurrently worked for Ravena Rescue Squad as an EMT/Driver.

A Glenville native, Hakes currently resides in Broadalbin. His dedication and commitment to his work earned him the Mohawk Ambulance Services’ Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

“David and Nathanial are dedicated professionals on our team who are richly deserving of their promotions,” said James P. McPartlon, III, president, Mohawk Ambulance Service. “They have each demonstrated excellent leadership and judgement qualities in their careers with us and we’re proud to have them taking on more responsibility by accepting leadership roles as Mohawk Ambulance continues to grow.”

WNYT Previews Summer Safety Day

Daniel Gilmore of Mohawk Ambulance Service and Lieutenant Michael Tremblay of the Albany Police Department speak with WNYT ahead of the Second Annual Summer Safety Day.

Mohawk Ambulance Service Welcomes New Human Resources Director

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Mohawk Ambulance Service is pleased to announce the hiring of Christie Chonski as Human Resource Director. In this position, she is responsible for all human resource functions within Mohawk Ambulance Services and will work closely with company leaders to manage human resources programs, provide consultation on strategic staffing plans, manage hiring, benefits and employee relations, and promote process improvement by building relationships and retaining employees.

Joining Mohawk Ambulance from DeCresente Distributing Company, Chonski served as human resources administrator/generalist for nearly four years. Prior to that, she worked for the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation holding positions in human resources and business development. Chonski brings experience in employee recruitment and retention, staff development, conflict resolution, benefits and compensation, HR records management and policy development, strategic planning, and more to her new role.

“We are very pleased to have Christie join our team and lead the Christie Chonski pichuman resources department,” said James P. McPartlon, III, president, Mohawk Ambulance Service. “She is an energetic, experienced professional who brings years of experience and knowledge to Mohawk Ambulance Service.”

Chonski studied business administration at Hudson Valley Community College and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management SUNY Albany. She is member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Capital Region Human Resources Association (CRHRA). A devoted mother of two young children, she and her family reside in Halfmoon.



Mohawk Ambulance Emergency Medical Dispatcher and Paramedic Retires After Nearly 35 Years

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Mohawk Ambulance Service is announcing that a long-time team member, Marcus Beattie, is retiring today, May 14, after 34 years of service as an emergency medical dispatcher and paramedic for the company.

Marcus Beattie began his career in emergency services as one of the first paramedics in the capital region and also served as president of Riverside Ambulance. He joined the Mohawk Ambulance team in 1981 as an emergency medical dispatcher and established himself as a consummate professional with a calm demeanor. His voice is well recognized throughout local Public Safety Answering Points and hospital discharge planning departments.

“Marcus has devoted his life to helping others and we are honored to have had his dedicated service atMarcus B Mohawk Ambulance for 34 years,” said James P. McPartlon, III, vice president for Mohawk Ambulance. “We deeply appreciate the commitment, knowledge and passion that he brought to his work every day and thank him for his service to our community.”

At Mohawk Ambulance, Marcus played an integral role in converting the communications department from pen and paper to state-of-the-art computer equipment and GPS, and was instrumental in training fellow dispatchers. Also, he worked in Mohawk’s Neonatal Transport Unit which operates in conjunction with Albany Medical Center Hospital, transporting hundreds of critically ill infants and children from outlying facilities to AMC for life-saving care.

Throughout his career, Marcus has been recognized multiple times as a Distinguished Service employee and has also received the Regional Communicator of the Year award from the Regional Emergency Medical Organization.

Marc and his wife, Gayle, live in Watervliet where they enjoy their cats, gardening and vacationing at Disney World. He is an avid sports enthusiast with a special fondness for the New York Yankees and NASCAR.

About Mohawk Ambulance Service:

Founded in 1964, Mohawk Ambulance Service is the largest, privately-owned ambulance service in upstate New York. With 38 ambulances and emergency response vehicles, Mohawk Ambulance Service provides Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services to the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga. Mohawk Ambulance Service employs more than 250 New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Critical Care Technicians and Paramedics ready to provide the highest quality of emergency medical care. For more information, please visit