Ornge committed to providing quality health care to Ontario patients



    Flight paramedics recovering from injuries sustained in Friday's accident

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The dedicated men and women of Ornge, and the
families who support them remain committed to providing quality care to the
citizens of Ontario. Each and every day, with little regard for themselves
they are called upon to assist those who are critically ill and injured.
    Friday February 8th was no different. While en route to meet a land
ambulance the helicopter from Sudbury was involved in an accident. The
paramedics on board were Ornge Critical Care flight paramedic Dennis
Quenneville, who has been with the air program for the past 11 years and Rob
Bird, a 23 year veteran. Bird was treated and released from hospital on
Saturday. Quenneville remains in hospital and is being treated for serious but
non-life threatening injuries. Also on board were Canadian Helicopters Limited
pilots Greg Harper and Michael Bain who also remain in hospital with non-life
threatening injuries.
    "Our flight paramedics care for critically ill and injured patients,
these hard working men and women are highly skilled and are capable of
providing hospital level complex care in the transport environment," said Dr.
Chris Mazza, Ornge President and CEO. "Our medical team includes flight
paramedics, transport nurses and transport medicine physicians, who always put
the quality care of patients first, I hold them and the pilots in very high
regard," he added.
    "I want to commend the brave men and women of Ornge who risk their lives
everyday," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care. "Our thoughts are with those paramedics and pilots who were
injured and we wish them a speedy recovery."
    Since the air program began 30 years ago, the rotor wing operation has
exceeded 150,000 hours of accident free flying. The Transportation Safety
Board of Canada is currently investigating the cause of the accident.

    Ornge operates from a number of bases across the province and performs
over 18,000 admissions annually. It coordinates all aspects of Ontario's aero
medical transport system, the new critical care land transport program, and
the authorization of air and land ambulance transfers between hospitals. Ornge
is dedicated to the provision of high quality patient care through innovative
transport medicine.





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