MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - Ornge, the provider of transport
medicine services for the province of Ontario, has announced the
opening of a Transport Medicine Centre of Excellence in 2011 to serve
the people of Southern Ontario. The facility will be located at
Hamilton International Airport. Work will begin in the coming months
to outfit an existing hangar at HIA for transport medicine. Upon
completion, Ornge will relocate its operations from its current base on
Toronto Island to the new facility.
Since Ornge assumed responsibility for all aspects of the provincial
transport medicine program in 2006, the organization has been actively
seeking ways to modernize the service and make it more sustainable and
efficient for generations to come. It has become clear that the current location of its base at the Billy
Bishop Toronto City Airport no longer meets the needs of a program that
sees increasing demands year after year. The Ornge hangar in Toronto
does not allow for expansion and enhancement of services. After an
extensive three year review, it was determined Hamilton International
Airport is the best location for a base that will bring excellence of
care to patients throughout Southern Ontario.
On October 15th, 2010, Ornge officially gave notice to employees of the Ornge Toronto
base of its intention to move operations to the Hamilton International
Airport (HIA) in 2011. There will be no job losses associated with the
move -- staffing levels will remain unchanged at the new base.
Ornge values its paramedics. Employees have been given at least six
months notice about the base relocation, though the exact move date has
not yet been determined. Ornge will honour the collective agreement
and looks forward to working with its partners to ensure a smooth
transition. In the meantime, services will continue to operate from
the current Toronto base.
The new facility will be the second Ornge Transport Medicine Centre of
Excellence in Ontario. The first, which opened earlier this month in
Thunder Bay, is equipped to handle all three types of transport
medicine provided by Ornge - rotor wing, fixed wing and critical care
land units - as well as the Ornge Academy of Transport Medicine.
Ornge is Canada's leading innovator in the emerging field of transport
medicine. The organization operates from a number of bases across the
province of Ontario and performs approximately 20,000 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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Regional Media Relations Officer, Ornge