New agree­ment be­tween AirLife Ge­or­gia, Red­mond lifts off

The Standard Journal - - LO­CAL - From press re­lease

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and Rome Floyd Cham­ber of Com­merce joined Red­mond Re­gional on Thurs­day, Au­gust 23 for a rib­bon­cut­ting cel­e­bra­tion of the hos­pi­tal’s new he­li­pad. In ad­di­tion to the new con­struc­tion, Red­mond also an­nounced an agree­ment with AirLife Ge­or­gia to base a full-time he­li­copter and flight crew at the hos­pi­tal.

Red­mond’s de­ci­sion to build the new he­li­pad was in­spired by the de­sire to fur­ther en­hance emer­gency ser­vices. One of the most vis­i­ble changes was the ex­pan­sion of the land­ing zone; de­signed to ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­ple mem­bers of emer­gency and trauma teams. The new he­li­pad is lo­cated out­side the am­bu­lance en­trance to the emer­gency room, thus al­low­ing trauma and emer­gency teams to treat crit­i­cally ill pa­tients even quicker than be­fore. The cre­ation of the he­li­pad and agree­ment with AirLife Ge­or­gia is an­other ex­am­ple of Red­mond’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to the cit­i­zens of North­west Ge­or­gia and North­east Alabama.

“We are very pleased to an­nounce the ad­di­tion of our AirLife 15 air med­i­cal base,” said Mar­cus Lindsey, re­gional busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Air Meth­ods. “The new lo­ca­tion of­fers en­hanced ac­cess to care via our fly­ing in­ten­sive care unit for the res­i­dents and vis­i­tors of North­west Ge­or­gia and North­east Alabama. This base is lo­cated at Red­mond Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter to cen­trally-po­si­tion our team for timely re­sponse through­out the ser­vice area. We are ex­cited to part­ner with them, as well as all area hos­pi­tals and first re­spon­der agen­cies in ser­vice to our neigh­bors.”

Red­mond and AirLife Ge­or­gia have been work­ing to­gether for sev­eral months to fi­nal­ize the de­tails re­quired to sup­port the 24/7 needs of a he­li­copter on cam­pus. In or­der to ac­com­mo­date a full­time he­li­copter, Red­mond in­stalled elec­tri­cal in­puts and re­cess light­ing into the ground­work of the he­li­pad. In ad­di­tion to the $350 thou­sand con­struc­tion, liv­ing quar­ters were built out just be­low the emer­gency room to ac­com­mo­date the on-call pi­lots.

“Red­mond is proud to part­ner with AirLife Ge­or­gia and make the in­vest­ment to sup­port their aircraft and crew,” said Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer at Red­mond, John Quin­li­van. “We know many cit­i­zens will sur­vive their med­i­cal emer­gen­cies be­cause this he­li­copter is now based at Red­mond. We feel very good about that.”

Through­out the evening of Au­gust 23, guests had the chance to meet the flight team and tour their on-cam­pus quar­ters at Red­mond. The pi­lots also gave guests an up-close look of the he­li­copter, al­low­ing them to ex­pe­ri­ence first­hand the im­pact AirLife Ge­or­gia will have on the com­mu­nity.

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