All of us at Saint Alphonsus Health System are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Life Flight Network’s new top-of-the-line AgustaWestland 119Kx “Koala” helicopters in our hospitals in Boise and Ontario. These aircraft will be in service the first week of August. They offer faster medical transport, a spacious patient cabin and the finest suite of mobile critical care medical equipment available. The Koala helicopters can transport two critical care team members and two patients with full-body access.
This exciting development is in line with the Saint Alphonsus Health System’s commitment to providing high-quality health care close to home. I am proud of our role as a market leader in investments in technologies and innovations that put patient health and safety at the center of our work.
Life Flight Network provides rapid, critical care transport in a continuum of care with Saint Alphonsus’ Trauma Center; the Emergency Department; comprehensive, multi-specialty surgical expertise including neuroscience, trauma and orthopedics; critical care units; and a spinal cord accredited acute rehabilitation center. Each of these Saint Alphonsus care centers also incorporate specialized state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technologies. The combined expertise and resources of these services working in unison advance the care and healing of patients.
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center merged the Saint Alphonsus Life Flight program into Life Flight Network in 2009 and joined the company’s ownership consortium. Today, Life Flight Network is the largest not-for-profit air ambulance provider in the nation. The company operates a total of 15 bases providing their lifesaving service for communities throughout Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
I encourage you to keep your eyes on the sky in the coming months. Like you, I’m excited to see these important new tools put to use in serving our patients and our communities.