MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Ornge will launch a six month
trial program between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury to provide airplane
service for patients with scheduled hospital treatment.
Using contract resources to deliver a scheduled program in this area
will free up Ornge resources to deal with more urgent and emergency
work, through more effective use of our helicopter and airplane assets.
This route was identified as an appropriate test location because of the
well-known collaborative efforts of the two hospitals, the volume of
inter-facility helicopter and airplane flights and the potential to use
Advanced Care and Primary Care Paramedic resources. After reviewing
the data for these flights it was determined that both communities
could be provided with enhanced health care services through a trial
project of regularly scheduled fixed wing service.
As part of its commitment to building capacity in the air ambulance
service by working with its Standing Agreement Carriers and other
health care institutions to find innovative solutions, Ornge has issued
a Request for Quotation to our contract carriers for a dedicated flight
service, 3 days a week, between these two locations. The Request for
Quotation recognizes that Ornge needs to partner and work with the
private sector, health care institutions and community partners to
design, implement and develop the project, including the appropriate
level of care. Ornge is building on its current contracts and is
exploring ways to deliver existing services in new ways to provide the
best and most efficient coverage possible. This project will allow
Ornge to free up its airplanes and helicopters to better serve
Ontario's northern communities.
"We are excited to move forward with the first phase of this new trial,"
said Ron McKerlie, Interim President and CEO. "By having more reliably
scheduled flights, hospitals, patients and their families will be able
to better plan hospital health care visits, helping to ease the stress
and uncertainty often associated with serious illness and hospital
"We value our partnership with Ornge and welcome the opportunity for us
to build on our existing relationships to help deliver an efficient and
cost effective air ambulance service for the benefit of the citizens of
Ontario. " said Rick Horwath, President of Air Bravo, Ornge's largest
Standing Agreement Carrier. "By creating strong partnerships through
our common goals we can continue to find innovative ways to deliver our
"We have long advocated for greater cooperation and collaboration across
the air ambulance service and we are pleased to see that Ornge is
moving ahead to strengthen its relationship with private carriers,"
said Luc Lanoix, President of the Ontario Air Transport Association.
"We look forward to working with Ornge on this project and exploring
how our industry can better assist Ornge in providing air ambulance
services across the province."
"Our Standing Agreement Carriers are valued partners in the delivery of
air ambulance service and I look forward to working with them on this
new initiative and thank them for their interest and commitment to
working together to serve the people of Ontario," said McKerlie.
Ornge, a not-for-profit organization, coordinates all aspects of
Ontario's air ambulance system, the critical care land transport
program, paediatric transport program and the authorization of air and
land ambulance transfers between hospitals.
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