Tue, Jan 27, 2009
Will Be Home To One BK117 Helicopter
Air medical services provider Omniflight Helicopters, Inc.
announced Tuesday the company has opened a new air medical services
base in Houston associated with HCA Houston, which is a
comprehensive network of hospitals, diagnostic imaging facilities,
cancer care programs, emergency care centers and outpatient surgery
facilities throughout Greater Houston.
The new base will be located on the campus of HCA affiliated The
Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston. The base will be home to one
BK117 helicopter, designed to handle critical care inter-facility
transports within a 150-mile radius. It is configured into a
critical-care cabin with an intensive-care like setting.
The transport services include neonatal, high-risk OB/GYN and
general medical needs patient transports. For critical care
transports, the helicopter is staffed with a critical care nurse
and critical care paramedic along with the pilot. Specially trained
staff will be on board when the transport involves neonates or high
risk OB/GYN patients. HCA Houston is currently the only provider in
Houston with a dedicated high-risk OB/GYN transport team.
Requests for patient transports will be coordinated through HCA
Houston's newly established HealthOne Regional Transfer Center,
which is also located on The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
campus. The Regional Transfer Center is a one-stop shop for patient
transportation to and from the nine hospitals that comprise HCA
Houston and other healthcare facilities.
"As a leader in the air medical services industry, Omniflight is
pleased to align with HCA Houston to bring air medical services to
the Houston area," said Robert A. Peiser, Omniflight’s
chairman and chief executive officer. "Our 45+ years of air medical
expertise, coupled with the vast healthcare capabilities of a
leading healthcare institution like HCA, will demonstrate to the
Houston community the benefits of this new service and the
in-flight medical advancements available today."
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