Of all the advances that manufactured housing has made, the ability for it to help save lives by saving precious minutes has become an interesting reality in the state of Washington.
The Life Flight Network announced that it has moved its local helicopter base to the Kelso airport from St. John Medical Center, where it had been based since 2008, TDN reports.
“The move will get three-member Life Flight crews off the ground faster and make helicopter maintenance and refueling easier,” said Justin Dillingham, chief customer officer with the Life Flight Network.
“Airports are generally the best locations for a Life Flight base.”
The Life Flight team now has a manufactured home next to the helicopter at the airport. The crew should be able to board and get in the air several faster than was previously possible.
“Every minute counts. If someone is having a heart attack, stroke, time sensitive emergency or traumatic injury, they want help there as fast as they can,” said Dillingham.
The helicopter was previously based on a helipad atop the St. John parking garage, and Life Flight crews were stationed in a house several blocks away from the hospital. When a call came in, crew members had to walk to the hospital and go up four floors to access the helicopter and be ready for service.
Officials at Peace Health said they don’t anticipate a change in the quality of service at the hospital, but they wanted to make sure the move wouldn’t delay Life Flight’s response to hospital patients. ##
(Image credits are as shown above.)
Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.