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Flagler Hospital to Serve as Base for Helicopter

01/08/2013
Flagler Hospital to Serve as Base for Helicopter

Flagler Hospital to Serve as Base for Helicopter

Bringing Faster Air Medical Transport to Residents of St. Johns, Putnam and Flagler Counties

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2013) – Flagler Hospital officials announced today that the hospital has entered into an agreement with Med-Trans Corporation to base a TraumaOne helicopter at Flagler Hospital's helipad in St. Augustine, Florida. The helicopter is part of the UF&Shands Jacksonville's TraumaOne aeromedical ambulance service, which was recently expanded to provide enhanced coverage to residents of Northeast Florida.

"We are extremely pleased that we are able to bring this added service to our community and adjacent southern and western counties. Patients in these regions previously relied on ground transportation or air transport from Jacksonville or Gainesville during times of medical crisis, which can add precious minutes to reaching life-saving hospital interventions," stated Flagler Hospital's Vice President of Emergency Services, Guillermo Pierluisi, MD.

Although the aircraft is part of the UF&Shands Jacksonville TraumaOne service, patients with a time-dependent illness or injury can be transported to any appropriate hospital in the area via the helicopter based at Flagler Hospital.

"This specialized air ambulance will support and assist the region's first responders, hospitals and law enforcement with critically ill or injured patients. We are proud to partner with Flagler Hospital and to bring this important and extended service to Northeast Florida," Brian J. Burrell Regional Business Director of Med-Trans Corporation.

In Photo: Joseph Tepas III, M.D., UF professor and chief of pediatric surgery, and David Vukich, M.D., FACEP, UF professor of emergency medicine, stand before the Trauma One Team.

About Flagler Hospital

Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has been ranked among the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for both clinical excellence and patient safety for the past seven consecutive years. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. The hospital has earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers, national accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs, and Center of Excellence Designation for its Bariatric Surgery Center. For more information, log on to www.flaglerhospital.org