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LVHN adds ambulances to MedEvac service

By , - Last modified: June 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Photo courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network
Photo courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network

In what it is calling a complement to the traditional ambulance transportation provided by local EMS, Lehigh Valley Health Network is expanding its MedEvac services by adding ground transportation.

The health network said it is adding two critical care specialist-staffed ambulances that will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This way, it said, it can offer the most appropriate critical-care transport to a critically ill or injured patient by either air or ground.

"This is the same crew configuration that staffs our four LVHN-MedEvac helicopters," said Mike Wargo, LVHN administrator of emergency operations and public safety.

He said the MedEvac Ground Team can administer medication and is qualified to perform procedures beyond what typical emergency medical service crews can provide.

Wargo said the new units will allow local community ambulance companies to focus on responding to 9-1-1 emergencies and providing transportation between health care facilities to patients who do not need high level critical care.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

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