New Air Ambulance Service Agreement for Vermont and New Hampshire Hospitals

There has been a new arrangement between the largest healthcare providers in New Hampshire and Vermont. The goal is to provide better helicopter air ambulance service to patients located in Vermont and upstate New York.

Air Ambulance Service Crew to Be Based in Burlington

The deal was signed between officials from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and University of Vermont Health Network. Under this deal, Dartmouth will be in charge of providing the air ambulance and the air crew. This crew will be based out of the Burlington area. University of Vermont Health Network will be responsible for staffing the air ambulance with medical professionals to provide high-quality emergency medical care.

According to the medical officer for the Regional Transport System of UVM Health Network, Ryan Clouser, they are able to cover 40,000 square miles within their service area. This makes it vital for them to ensure that transportation is consistently available for patients who are in need of immediate medical care.

New Agreement to Cover Only Hospital Transfers

As of now, hospitals in the region are mostly reliant on ground ambulances for transporting critical care patients between facilities. Although some patients are already being transported by helicopters, it’s not consistent. The new Burlington-based helicopter air ambulance service will be dedicated to carrying out patient transfers between hospitals. This means that it will not be used for picking up patients at accident scenes.

President of UVM Medical Center, Eileen Whalen has stated that they are working to create a system that’s most convenient for their patients and satisfies their needs the best. UVM covers areas such as Newport in northeastern Vermont to the New York communities of Canton and Massena within their service area. The new helicopter service will become operational from July 2018.

Deal to Expand Air Ambulance Service in the Works for UVM Medical Center

Burlington-based University of Vermont Medical Center could be seeing a lot more landings on their helicopter pad next year. Executives of the hospital are currently negotiating a contract with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team to expand their air ambulance service. According to UVM Medical Center’s president and COO, Eileen Whalen, they expect to complete the deal by the end of the month.

Scope of Expanded Air Ambulance Service

The service is intended to ensure that patients with acute health problems such as neonatal illnesses, heart attacks, or strokes can be provided with quick and high-quality medical care. It is intended to help save more lives. However, the service will not be extended to patients in emergency situations such as accidents.

At the moment, ground ambulances are used for transporting patients between all 13 hospitals covered within the service area of UVM Medical Center. With the expanded service, the hospital helipad will see an increase in air ambulance landings every year.

Agreement in the Works with DHARTS

To expand their air ambulance service, UVM Medical Center does not intend to buy a helicopter of its own. Instead, they will staff a helicopter provided by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team. This helicopter will be based out of Burlington and bear the logo of the UVM Health Network.

This new service will help UVM Medical Center in their attempts to restructure the options for emergency transport in their 40,000-square-mile service area covering New York and Vermont. For patients within this region, it is the nearest academic hospital that provides top-level trauma care in case of serious health issues.

It is yet uncertain whether or not the state Green Mountain Care Board will need to provide UVM Medical Center with regulatory approval.