The Rocky Hill First Aid
and Rescue Squad
wishes all of our community members
and their families
a safe, peaceful and healthy new year.
RHFARS appoints new medical director.
Dr. Joseph Portale
Joseph Portale MD, MSPH, FACEP, FAAEM and Rocky Hill resident, has been appointed Medical Director for the Rocky Hill First Aid and Rescue Squad. Joe replaces another Rocky Hill resident, Dr. Beverly Poelstra, who has retired from the position after many years of dedicated service to the squad.
Dr Portale is a board certified practicing Emergency Medicine Physician. He graduated from Villanova University in 2000 and continued on to receive a Masters of Science in Public Health from Jefferson College of Graduate Studies in Philadelphia PA. He obtained his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in 2008. He continued residency training in Emergency Medicine at Jefferson University Hospital, and was named Chief Resident from 2010-2011. He is a lifetime member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and has won multiple teaching and honorary awards. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Portale is currently practicing full time at the University Medical Center of Princeton NJ, as well as Capital Health Hospital System, both Regional Medical Center and Hopewell campus.
We are very fortunate to have Dr. Portale in the RHFARS family and look forward to working with him as he helps our squad maintain excellence in emergency patient care.
RHFARS 2017 Elections
At the December 18, 2016 General Membership meeting, RHFARS held an election of Executive Officers, Trustee and the Operations Position of Chief.
Tom Bremner will be starting his first term as President effective January 1, 2017. Former Chief, Deborah Westbrook was elected to the position of Vice President. Current Treasurer, Marj Yushack, and Secretary, Robert Ashbaugh were reelected to their current positions.
Elected to the position of Trustee for a three year term was former Medical Director, Beverly Poelstra. Dr. Poelstra fills the Trustee position vacated by Robert Ashbaugh. Toby Whitlock and Lisa Nanney will continue their terms as Trustees.
Chief James Banks was reelected to that position for the 2017 term and Matthew Mroz, III was reappointed Deputy Chief for another annual term.
53Rescue Fundraising Drive
The 2016-2017 fund raising drive is in full swing. Everyone in our coverage area has received a letter celebrating the accomplishments of the squad in 2016, and request for the continued financial support needed to offset higher expenses caused by expanding membership, purchase of a new-to-us BLS2 ambulance and other associated equipment costs. To those who have already given so far ....Thank You.
If you have not received your letter, and would like to read a copy, click here.
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