Ornge prepares to answer the call

    Muskoka summer base opens at airport, May 15, 2009

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - Ornge, Ontario's transport medicine service, is
announcing the opening of its temporary summer base at the Muskoka airport in
preparation for the annual increase in call volumes from Muskoka and the
surrounding areas.
    Ornge is committed to providing quality transport medicine services to
the residents of Ontario. "As the temperatures increase so do the number of
trauma calls," said Dr. Chris Mazza, Ornge president and chief executive
officer. "We've found by relocating one of our Toronto-based flight paramedic
crews we are able to shorten response times and therefore improve patient
    The warmer weather brings visitors and summer residents to the Muskoka
region. This seasonal influx of people results in an increase in calls to
Ornge originating from the Muskoka area. Since 2003, Ornge has temporarily
relocated one of its Toronto-based helicopters and paramedic crews to cottage
country to enable quick response to seasonally higher call volumes.
    "The primary goal of the Ornge medical team is to provide all Ontarians
with access to the quality patient care they deserve," Mazza said. "Experience
has shown us our temporary relocation to Muskoka in the summer months enables
faster response to the seasonal increase in call volumes." The first 60
minutes or 'golden hour' are crucial in cases of trauma, making shorter
response times essential.

    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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For further information: Lori McLeod, Media Relations, (416) 278-3496

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