Ascension Wisconsin Spirit adds airplane to medical transport program
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Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport has added an airplane to its inter-facility critical care ambulance and medical helicopter transport program.
This new fixed-wing “Spirit 3” was added to enhance medical services by transporting patients to cities inside and outside of Spirit’s service area. International Air Charters, Inc. will provide all aviation services including the aircraft, pilots and maintenance.
“We are excited to add the first fixed wing base in north central Wisconsin,” said Charlie Kotke, regional manager, Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport. “The airplane allows us to provide the continuity of care for patients as they move from one hospital to another, or for longer transports due to the enhanced range and speed of the aircraft.”
Spirit’s crew consists of a critical care registered nurse and a critical care paramedic. Spirit’s first fixed-wing transport recently traveled from Eagle River to Rockford, Ill. to meet the specific request of the patient.
Spirit’s 24/7 regionally-based communications center coordinates the fixed wing transport of patients from the hospital to the airport and from the airport to the receiving hospital. Spirit’s critical care crew members accompany the patient during each leg of the transport until the patient is safe and secure at the receiving facility. The fixed wing service is available on a part-time basis to back up Spirit’s two medical helicopters, Spirit 1 and Spirit 2.