Kettering Health Network and MedFlight are expanding their critical air transportation partnership by adding a permanent medical helicopter base at the Preble County Medical Center in Eaton, Ohio.
Kettering Health Network plans to construct the base, which will include a hangar and crew living quarters. The permanent base will be staffed by critical care nurses and paramedics, pilots, and mechanics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During construction, a helicopter will be based at the Preble County Medical Center during the day starting within the next 90 days.
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with MedFlight to serve the people of Preble County and the surrounding counties in southwest Ohio,” says Fred Manchur, Chief Executive Officer of Kettering Health Network. “MedFlight, along with Kettering Health Network’s comprehensive emergency and trauma services, offers life-saving service close at hand for people with a life-threatening injury or illness who need to get to a hospital fast.”
Kettering Health Network’s partnership with MedFlight began in 2013, when MedFlight placed a medical helicopter base nearby in Fayette County, serving Kettering Health Network and other partnering health systems and communities to the east of the greater Dayton area, including Fayette and Clinton counties.
In the greater Dayton region, MedFlight will provide critical care transportation of patients between Kettering Health Network hospitals and other hospitals as necessary. The helicopter will also respond to accident scenes and transports patients to the most appropriate hospital for critical care.
Furthermore, MedFlight’s new base will add an additional resource to the existing fleet to support other affiliated hospital partners throughout Ohio.
“MedFlight is honored to partner with Kettering Health Network in serving southwest Ohio by providing customer-focused medical transportation solutions,” says Tom Allenstein, President of MedFlight. “This community resource will reduce response times for critical patients in need, who will now receive faster critical care.”
Kettering Health Network
Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit network of eight hospitals, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. The network’s hospitals are Kettering, Grandview, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Soin, Fort Hamilton, and Kettering Behavioral Medicine. Kettering College, a division of Kettering Medical Center, is a fully accredited college that specializes in health science education. Kettering Health Network is recognized as one of the 2016 Truven Health Analytics 15 Top Health Systems in the United States.
MedFlight is a non-profit air and ground critical care transportation company based in Columbus, Ohio that completes thousands of critical care transports by Helicopter and Mobile Intensive Care ground units each year. MedFlight is made possible by its consortium health systems of OhioHealth and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. MedFlight also has a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. MedFlight received the air medical industry’s highest safety award in 2012 and was named “Program of the Year” in 2014.