St. Joseph Hospital gets new Air-Med 12 helicopter

POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:35pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

BRYAN -- Whenever an emergency happens time is of the essence.

So a new partnership between St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan and PHI AirMedical will allow patients to start getting medical treatment earlier.

Every second counts, especially when you need medical attention.

"One of the things we want to make sure to do is meet the golden hour with all of our patients, with our trauma patients, our stroke patients and our acute MI's that are coming in and we need to make sure we decrease that time frame as much as we possibly can," said Beverly Welch, director of emergency services and trauma services.

And that's exactly what St. Joseph plans to do by becoming a level two trauma center and having their very own Air-Med 12 emergency helicopter stationed at the hospital.

Tony Pfitzer, St. Joseph president and CEO said, "St. Joseph ER will be able to work more closely with St. Joseph Air Medical in terms of training and coordination of care, which in turn will be transferred to the ground ambulance crews throughout the Brazos Valley."

The new partnership between the two means patients will start getting treatment while in the air rather than waiting until they get to the hospital.

"We're always looking to take medicine and skills from the hospital to the patient that's trapped somewhere in a vehicle," said AirMed base supervisor, Billy Rice.

"They have the capability now of accepting those orders, having blood on the helicopter, being able to transport and providing service that we currently start when the patient gets to the ER," said Welch. "Now we can actually start it in the air."


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