Memorial Unveils New MedFlight Helicopter
Lifesaving care expands for critically ill patients
South Bend, Ind.— Beacon Health System’s Memorial Hospital has received a new MedFlight helicopter that became operational June 1. The new Eurocopter EC145 replaces the original helicopter that was in operation since 2006 and conducted more than 1,600 transports.
The new aircraft will improve and expand patient care capabilities by increasing MedFlight’s range and service area, allowing it to better serve the critical care transport needs of northern Indiana and southern Michigan.
“The new helicopter provides the crew the latest technology in communication and safety capabilities,” says MedFlight Program Manager Rodney Logan, R.N., BSN, CMTE. A spacious cabin accommodates a variety of critical care transport medical equipment and provides head-to-toe patient access; a larger fuel capacity allows it to travel farther distances, and more powerful engines allow it to carry more weight. The aircraft size and lift capabilities will also allow future incorporation of a transport incubator for neonatal patients.
Memorial MedFlight and its highly trained critical care transport specialists are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond quickly and transport critically ill or injured patients, for on-scene responses or inter-facility transports.
Among the state-of-the-art features is the real-time weather radar that helps the flight crew detect storm cells, lightning and high winds. MedFlight’s new helicopter is Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) capable, which will enable it to operate in a wider range of weather conditions.
About Memorial MedFlight
Based at the South Bend Regional Airport, MedFlight and its highly trained critical care transport specialists are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond quickly and transport critically ill or injured patients. Whether the need is for a scene response or an inter-facility transport, Memorial MedFlight will provide the knowledge and expertise needed for optimal patient care. Aviation Services under FAA Part 135 are provided by Metro Aviation, Inc. of Shreveport, Louisiana.
About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North American Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. Company headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.