Ornge adds new high performance medically equipped aircraft to fleet

    Recruiting for pilots and aviation specialists

    TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - Ornge, Canada's leading innovator in the field of
transport medicine announced today it is purchasing six new Pilatus PC-12 Next
Generation aircraft. The first four aircraft will commence service in 2009,
the remaining two in 2010. This move is part of Ornge's ongoing efforts to
modernize and make improvements to medical transports on behalf of Ontario
patients. These new airplanes will provide medical services for patients
requiring advanced and critical care during transport.
    "When Ornge was appointed to take over operations of the air ambulance
system in 2006, we immediately began looking at ways to improve the medical
transport system and to make it more sustainable and efficient," said Dr.
Chris Mazza, president and CEO of Ornge. "This new business model will not
only enable us to contain the escalating costs associated with transport
medicine services, but more importantly it will allow us to enhance and expand
services for Ontario patients," he added.
    The air ambulance program began operations in 1977 with a single
helicopter at the Buttonville airport. The program has since grown to include
11 helicopters, 76 fixed wing aircraft operated under various service
providers and 22 bases around the province, nine of which are staffed 24/7.
    Ornge is currently recruiting for the following aviation positions:
Director, Flight Operations, Chief Pilot, Manager Quality Assurance, Pilatus
PC-12 Captains and Pilatus PC-12 First Officers.
    "Ornge's decision to purchase our own aircraft is another important step
in fulfilling our commitment to provide Ontarians with a world-class medical
transport system," said Dr. Mazza. "We are looking for pilots and aviation
specialists who share our vision and who live our values of Compassion,
Collaboration and Innovation. We are very excited about this new milestone and
look forward to being able to transport more of Ontario's patients," he

    Ornge operates from a number of bases across the province and performs
approximately 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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