In an effort to provide the highest level of care, safety and dignity to an ever-increasing population of morbidly obese patients, The Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Services Corporation (MONOC Emergency Medical Services) has developed a “Bariatric Transport Unit” equipped with specially trained personnel and innovative equipment designed to transport patients weighing up to 1,600 pounds.

The MONOC Bariatric Transport Unit is larger than any of the 100+ ambulances in MONOC’s fleet, and features a hydraulic suspension capable of lowering the back of the vehicle to allow a stretcher to be more easily loaded. It has also been equipped with an exclusive stretcher that is larger and able to accommodate patients weighing up to 1,600 pounds, a system of portable ramps, and an electric winch designed to load and unload the patient with safety and a reduced chance of injury to the caregivers. All of the vehicle modifications were performed by MONOC’s Fleet Services Department. Standard units in the ambulance industry are only safely able to accommodate patients weighing less than 500 pounds, and when patients present more challenges in their needed transportation, resources are taxed, requiring extra emergency medical service providers. A patient’s dignity is compromised when they are unable to be safely loaded into the ambulance in conventional ways which is why MONOC decided to create the Bariatric Transport Unit.

This unit will be housed at MONOC’s Corporate Headquarters located at 4806 Megill Road in Wall Township and will be made available to all emergent and non-emergent patients in the state, based on it’s availability. It will be dispatched by MONOC’s Control Center, and staffed by members of MONOC’s Special Operations Division.

MONOC’s Director of Operations, Andrew T. Caruso said “This unit was over a year in the designing and building process, and is an invaluable addition to our growing service lines. Just another testament to MONOC’s dedication to the communities we serve, and our motto of integrity, professionalism and excellence.

For additional information or photos, please contact:

MONOC Emergency Medical Services
(732) 919-3045