OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - After more than a year of discussion, South Mississippi now has a medical helicopter based on the coast. Monday, Ochsner Health Care and Singing River Health System announced a partnership that brings the helicopter to base at Ocean Springs Hospital.
"This is an outstanding opportunity that will greatly benefit the entire Gulf Coast region," said Kevin Holland, Chief Executive Officer, Singing River Health System. "We are excited to partner with Ochsner to bring this new, lifesaving service. This is a great example of two leading healthcare systems working together to enhance the care and services of our area."
"We've been discussing this partnership for over a year and are excited to provide a quality flight care program. This is a significant benefit for any community," said Jeffrey Kuo, MD, Medical Director, Ochsner Flight Care. "We coordinate with other emergency providers within the area and respond in appropriate situations. In many cases, we are the first responders to the scene. Our flight crew can quickly assess the scene and then coordinate the transport with a local hospital's emergency department to make sure the patient's care is seamless."
The Ochsner Flight Care Program, which is operated by Med-Trans Corp., will be available to provide emergency air transport for patients who are critically ill or injured. The helicopter crew will consist of a pilot, and highly skilled specifically trained critical care registered nurse and a critical care paramedic.
"The Singing River Health System Emergency Department is the pinnacle of teamwork," said Kim Henderson, Director of Emergency and Critical Care Services, Singing River Health System. "Having partners like USA and Ochsner makes it an all-star team. Saving a young boy's life, as we recently did, is a testament to that fact."