DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System recently introduced a new state-of-the-art, twin-engine American Eurocopter EC-145 to its existing fleet of Life Flight air ambulances.
This is the fifth EC-145 helicopter in the Life Flight fleet, part of an ongoing commitment to provide the best quality critical care to residents in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
“For more than 33 years, we have set the highest level of standards for our crew and our program, and we expect the same from our aircraft,” said Jerry Splitt, R.N., C.C.R.N., E.M.T.P., C.M.T.E., operations manager, Life Flight. “The EC-145 meets those standards and delivers an unprecedented margin of safety when paired with our exceptional pilots, flight nurses and paramedics, all of whom receive the highest degree of critical care training and education.”
From the scene of an accident to hospital transports, the Life Flight crew provides specialized care in cardiology, pediatrics, neonatology, trauma and neurology, for up to two patients at a time. Medical equipment includes advanced cardiac monitors, defibrillators, cardiac pacemakers and ventilators, intravenous infusion pumps, oxygen, suction units and a full range of emergency cardiac medications.
Transport isolettes or “incubators” are used to transport premature newborns.
“We deliver Geisinger quality care in the air,” said Splitt. “Life Flight is an invaluable service that has helped save countless lives for more than three decades.”
In addition to the new helicopter, Life Flight will be better able to provide lifesaving transport services to Clinton County thanks to a newly constructed landing zone in Lock Haven. The landing zone was conceptualized as part of a class project by Bryce Bason, a senior at Central Mountain High School and constructed in partnership with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. It will allow for better transport services from remote areas of the county including the Sproul Forest and the banks of the Susquehanna River.
Averaging 2,600 flights per year, Life Flight operates 24-hours a day with a fleet of seven helicopters from air bases in Danville, State College, Avoca, Williamsport and Minersville.
Life Flight is a nationally recognized leader in safety, with quality measures that exceed the National Transportation Safety Board requirements. Each helicopter is equipped with single pilot instrument flight ratings, which allows it to fly in the clouds under aircraft traffic control flight plans to safely arrive at a destination in adverse weather conditions, and night vision equipment to ensure a safe flight day and night.