Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Gundersen to expand availability with second MedLink Air helicopter

Kathryn's Report:

To meet growing demands, Gundersen Health System has announced that beginning June 1 they will add a second MedLink Air helicopter on a six-month trial basis. In addition, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, one of the helicopters will be stationed at the Sparta-McCoy Airport and one at the Decorah, Iowa, airport.

“Because of our high demand, we aren’t always able to respond when a request for a transport comes in. Adding the second helicopter will allow us to better respond to the needs in our communities,” Stephanie Hill, program director of Gundersen MedLink Air, said.

“Having our aircraft based outside La Crosse will help us to better cover our entire service area,” Hill continued. “This will give us greater reach and allow us to handle a greater volume of flights from our regional hospitals and accident scenes. In most cases it will also shorten transport time, especially from some of our remote locations. This should result in better patient outcomes for time-critical emergencies such as stroke and heart attack.”

The helicopters will be located at Gundersen in La Crosse from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and only one will be in service. Gundersen will be using existing medical flight crew during the trial. A purchase decision will be made near the end of the trial period.

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