11 October 2010

Henry Ford Hospital to expand Helicopter Transport Service

The Detroit Free Press

Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital on Friday will begin expanded helicopter services to transport critically ill and trauma patients from as far as 150 miles away in Michigan and Ohio.

The service is a partnership between the hospital and Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, an Elmhurst, Ill., company that also works with Ford to shuttle patients by ambulance to the Detroit facility.

Ford, like some larger hospitals, previously rented helicopters from several other companies, as well as the University of Michigan, to bring patients from its own and other hospitals, said Dr. Pat Patton, director of trauma at Ford and division head of Detroit acute care surgery. He said he expects the new service will bring two or three patients to Ford a day, up from that number each week. Ford has the largest intensive care program in the state.

The contract will allow Ford trauma and critical care teams to be more involved in the transport and hand-off arrangements of patients from one facility to another, Patton said. A Ford spokesman said the hospital did not want to disclose the length or cost of the contract.

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