Photo courtesy of Novant Health | Novant Health’s first critical care transport helicopter is expected to transport several hundred people in its initial year of service.
Novant Health is expanding its critical care transportation services with Novant Health Med Flight, a state-of-the-art helicopter, to airlift patients so they can get the advanced care they need. With this new aircraft, the Novant Health critical care transport fleet is poised to increase care to rural communities, connecting them with the fastest access to needed advanced care.
"In a critical situation, especially with trauma, heart attacks or strokes, minutes matter," said Dr. Tom Zweng, chief medical officer for Novant Health. "As a trauma-ready acute care system, the addition of a helicopter will help us make those minutes life-changing and, possibly, lifesaving for more than 300 people each year. Novant Health is committed to getting patients the help they need in the most critical situations."
With a cruising speed of 158 mph, transportation via helicopter also minimizes the time a patient spends out of a hospital. Novant Health estimates the helicopter will transport 300 to 400 people in its first year in service. The helicopter joins the existing Novant Health critical care transportation fleet of 13 ambulances.