USAF Pararescue Jumpers take part in NASA Human Space Flight Support Operations Exercise

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation hosted a two-day workshop of the U.S. Air Force Pararescue Medical Operations Advisory Board (MOAB), November 13 and 14. Participants included Air Force Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) and flight surgeons. Held in Parker’s auditorium, the workshop was directed by Lieutenant Colonel Stephen C. Rush, MD, pararescue flight surgeon and USAF pararescue medical director. The program focused on advanced lifesaving skills that are necessary when performing rescues in severe environments.

Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker president and CEO, welcomed the group of pararescue professionals. “PJs play an important role in the U.S. Air Force mission by recovering and providing medical care to isolated personnel in combat zones and other extreme environments. You have a monumental responsibility to uphold the Air Force Core Value of ‘Service Before Self.’ Parker is proud to host the MOAB workshop, so you can review policies and procedures, medications, training, etc. We’re here for you,” he said.

PJs are the elite combat force specifically organized, trained, and equipped to undertake both conventional and unconventional combat and non-combat rescue operations. They are the most highly trained and versatile personnel recovery specialists in the world. Because of their training, PJs are called on to execute the most perilous, demanding, and extreme rescue missions anytime, anywhere across the globe.

Missions have included Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Thailand cave rescue, ongoing support of combat and counterterrorism operations, NASA Human Space Flight Support Operations, etc. Subjects included discussions of recent missions, human performance issues, and new ideas for equipment and treatment protocols.

Parker Jewish Institute is a leading provider of short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. At the forefront of innovation in patient-centered health care and new technology, the institute is also a leader in teaching and geriatric research. Parker Jewish Institute features round-the-clock clinical teams, and is nationally renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as well as a provider of community-based healthcare, encompassing social adult day care, home healthcare, and a hospice program.

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation is located at 271-11 76th Avenue in New Hyde Park. Call 718-289-2212 to learn more.


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