MetroHealth expands Life Flight service to Lake & Geauga Counties

(Cleveland) - Lake Health and The MetroHealth System have agreed to open a day base at TriPoint Medical Center to house a Cleveland Metro Life Flight helicopter.

The new base is located at Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township to help reduce response time for Lake and Geauga County residents.

"Lake Health is proud to have worked with our emergency responders and partner with Metro Health to help strengthen emergency response capabilities in our community with the placement of a Life Flight helicopter at TriPoint Medical Center,” said Cynthia Moore-Hardy, FACHE, President and CEO of Lake Health. “This will be an asset to our community in Lake County and the surrounding region.”

MetroHealth is parking its Life Flight aircraft at the Concord Township campus for up to 12 hours a day. Organizers claim the day base will help reduce travel time when transporting trauma patients to the appropriate health care facility and allow a Life Flight helicopter to be closer to where more and more trauma patients are originating from.

Travel of the unit to Concord Township will be weather dependent, meaning MetroHealth will use its sole discretion to determine if weather conditions and operational priorities allow for the unit to travel to TriPoint during any individual shift.

“Operating a Life Flight helicopter from Lake County will allow us to more quickly provide life-saving care and transport to more people,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Lake Health System to help make our community healthier.”

Cleveland Metro Life Flight was the first air medical program in Northeast Ohio. The unit was started in 1982 in order to quickly transport critical injured patients to the nearest and most appropriate trauma level care facility.

MetroHealth operates three Life Flight helicopters based at Lorain County Regional Airport, Portage County Regional Airport and Wooster Wayne County Airport. The day base at the Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center will be MetroHealth’s fourth base and expand coverage into Lake and Geauga counties.

Cleveland Metro Life Flight currently transports about three to six patients a day across the region, or 2,800 patients a year, with emergency air medical services 24/7/365 in Northeast Ohio. Each morning, Life Flight will fly its EC-145 aircraft to TriPoint Medical Center with a four-person crew that will consist of two pilots, one nurse and one physician.

These yellow and blue EC-145 aircrafts used by Life Flight are specially designed aircrafts built specifically for trauma missions. The EC-145 is equipped with the latest avionics and safety equipment. The aircraft has to meet all Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board recommendations for the Helicopter EMS industry. The helicopters can transport up to a maximum of two patients per flight.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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