MONOC, New Jersey’s well-known EMS hospital cooperative, announces the retirement of its long-time President & CEO, Vincent D. Robbins. After more than 29 years at MONOC’s helm, Mr. Robbins will retire in June of 2019. His retirement culminates a career of over 48 years in the EMS industry.
Named as President & CEO in March of 1990, Mr. Robbins has led the company through substantial growth, expanding its EMS and medical transportation services, while its hospital membership grew from eight to over 30 today. Under his leadership, MONOC emerged as a leading hospital-based EMS agency nationally, setting multiple industry records. Among them, MONOC was the first organization in New Jersey to attain CAAS accreditation in 2004 and one of only a handful of entities worldwide to achieve and maintain simultaneous certification by CAAS, CAMTS, CoAEMSP, ACE and CAAHEP.
MONOC created specialty care transportation services in New Jersey in 2005, unveiling the state’s first comprehensive, coordinated program utilizing nurses to move critically ill patients. At its peak, MONOC operated more than 100 ambulances, employed over 750 staff, and provided every level of EMS and medical transport, from BLS-Interfacility to MedEvac. Still the largest ALS service in the state, MONOC also provides the only in-field physician response program in New Jersey, the largest in the country. The company has become a prolific EMS research organization, with dozens of nationally and internationally published studies and reports.
Formerly, Mr. Robbins served in the administration of Temple University Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services. He began his interest in healthcare at the age of 15 as a cadet member of his local volunteer EMS agency and soon became one of New Jersey’s first paramedics in 1978.
Mr. Robbins has lectured and presented for the New Jersey State First Aid Council, the New Jersey Medical Transportation Association, The University of Maryland at Baltimore County’s E.M.S. degree program, several of New Jersey’s paramedic certification programs, the Newark Beth Israel EMS Physician Fellowship program, as well as many other academic and professional bodies. He has appeared as an expert in the management of mobile healthcare systems on national cable television, provided consulting services in EMS and medical transportation for hospitals, municipalities, legal counsel and private organizations, as well as designed several EMS and mobile healthcare systems. Mr. Robbins has also authored numerous articles on the management and financing of complex mobile healthcare delivery systems, including EMS and medical transportation systems, appearing in such publications as The Journal of Emergency Medical Services, EMS World magazine and the Healthcare Financing Management Association’s FOCUS. He also authored the introductory chapter on the history of EMS, and co-authored several other chapters, for the National EMS Management Association’s text book “Management of Ambulance Services,” published by Pearson.
In 1993, Mr. Robbins received the American College of Healthcare Executive’s “Early Career HealthCare Executive” award and attained his Fellow several years later. In 2017, Mr. Robbins attained his second Fellow as an inaugural member of the American College of Paramedic Executives.
In 2005, he was recognized by both a Governor’s Proclamation and a Joint Resolution by the Houses of the State Assembly and Senate for his outstanding contributions to the EMS industry and the citizens of New Jersey. In addition, he has served on numerous boards, task forces and oversight committees in healthcare, EMS, charities and local community groups, including the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Lifeline and his local School Board. Mr. Robbins has served in local government elected office as a councilman and deputy mayor of his home town. He is the Immediate Past-President of the National EMS Management Association, sits on the Board of the Savvik EMS Foundation, the Advisory Board of EMS World magazine, and is the representative for Hospital Based EMS systems and current Chairman of the federal Department of Transportation’s NHTSA’s National EMS Advisory Council.
"It is my sincere honor to have been associated with such a tremendous team of EMS professionals at MONOC over the past three decades. Their dedication to quality medical care, advancement of the profession and organizational ethics is unsurpassed. I will truly miss them and the challenges of leading an EMS agency in our ever-changing healthcare environment," said Mr. Robbins upon announcement of his retirement.
Mr. Robbins will retire to Cambridge, Maryland with his wife of 40 years, Linda. He plans on spending more time with his two daughters, Kelly and Kate, and their husbands, as well as his two-year-old granddaughter, Avery. In his “spare” time he expects to provide consulting services in EMS and continue to lecture and author articles on important industry topics.
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