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First Responder Health Assessment

Police officers

For more than 30 years Deborah Heart and Lung Center has been diagnosing and treating first responders. The years of clinical experience specific to the risk factors faced by first responders have given Deborah specialists a unique perspective on evaluating and treating the cardiac conditions acquired by professionals who work in difficult, stressful, and dangerous situations every day. With this knowledge, Deborah has designed an evidence-based cardiovascular and respiratory health assessment specifically tailored for fire fighters, emergency medical responders, and police and law enforcement personnel.

Deborah is bringing its services to the Deborah Specialty Physicians* network. In association with the world-renowned Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Deborah Specialty Physicians has offices in Burlington, Ocean and Atlantic counties. Through this specialty network, first responders have access to some of the most skilled specialists in the region.

As a continuing commitment to our first responders, we offer convenience, flexibility, and quick appointment scheduling through Deborah’s dedicated First Responder care coordinator/service center.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please fill out the request appointment form or call toll free (833) 227-3996.

*Deborah Specialty Physicians is a private physicians practice. The name “DEBORAH” is a registered trademark of Deborah Heart and Lung Center and is used under license granted by Deborah. All Rights Reserved.



Know Your Risk Factors

The evidence is overwhelmingly clear that first responders have higher occupational hazards with well-documented health effects. The United States Fire Administration estimates that 47% of line-of-duty firefighter deaths are cardiac related, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that police officers have the poorest cardiovascular disease profile of any occupation.

The taxing elements of the first responder profession — which is physically and emotionally demanding — also requires dangerous work, heavy uniforms, stress, smoke inhalation, dehydration, and gas and chemical exposure, among other occupational hazards. Added to this are other lifestyle and health issues like smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, eating “on the run,” and hypertension. These are a recipe for disaster for emergency personnel’s health.

Understanding your occupational risk factors is a first step towards better health.

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A Tailor-Made Assessment

The Deborah® First Responder Health Assessment is a critical lifeline in first responders’ health.

The assessment is overseen by board certified cardiologists, ensuring consistency and the overall quality that first responders have come to expect from Deborah programs in the past. The team will review your risk factors, and the program’s health assessment will provide the vital link in early detection of cardiac or pulmonary disease. The Deborah® First Responder Health Assessment provides:

  • Cardiac Medical Evaluation
  • EKG
  • Fasting Glucose & Lipid (Finger Stick)
  • Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
  • Sleep Apnea Questionnaire
  • Spirometry (Pulmonary Function Test)

Clinically indicated – additional testing will be ordered if appropriate.

With a comprehensive picture of your individual health and job-related risks, the team can put together an individually-tailored wellness plan to guide you into a healthier lifestyle. All the testing provided is confidential and not shared with your employer.


Streamlined Process

All visits are scheduled by appointment by the First Responder Health Assessment Coordinator who will also provide information to prepare for your visit. Co-pays or deductibles may be required by your insurance company and the office will take care of billing your insurance provider. A complete list of major health insurances that are accepted is available when you make an initial appointment. First responders have an option to pay out-of-pocket for the assessment. Scheduling will provide you the fee.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please fill out the request appointment form or call toll free (833) 227-3996.