To enhance response time for air transportation to the Bryan Trauma Center, Bryan Heart, and Bryan Medical Center, Bryan will transfer operation of its air ambulance service to Air Methods. Air Methods will move the home base for the helicopter, currently based in Lincoln, to Crete Area Medical Center in Crete, Nebraska. The transition of operations to Air Methods begins on Jan. 23, with the helicopter relocating to Crete in April.
Air Methods and Bryan Medical Center have jointly operated the air ambulance service in the Lincoln area for years. Air Methods provides medical transport services throughout the country and currently transports patients to Bryan Medical Center from bases in Norfolk, Fremont, Omaha and St. Joseph, MO. Additionally, other helicopter services located in Columbus, Hastings, Grand Island, North Platte and Clarinda, IA also transport patients to Bryan Medical Center.
"For trauma and other life threatening situations, it's crucial to get patients to Bryan as quickly as possible. Basing this service in Crete, in addition to other air bases in the region, will reduce response time to accident sites, enhance transport of patients from area hospitals, and ultimately get patients to Lincoln for care sooner," said Reginald Burton, MD, Director of Trauma Services at Bryan Medical Center. "For patients in Lincoln, the fastest way to get transported to the hospital is by outstanding ground response teams," added Edward Mlinek, MD, Medical Director of Bryan Medical Center's Emergency Department.
Bryan has enjoyed a long-term relationship with Air Methods. Air Methods owned the equipment and employed the pilots for Bryan's StarCare service. Going forward, Air Methods will assume total management responsibility for the program, including employing the medical personnel as it does at its other air bases throughout Nebraska and the region. Current Bryan StarCare medical personnel in good standing will be offered opportunities with Air Methods, or within other areas of Bryan Health.
Both the Bryan East Campus and the Bryan West Campus will continue to maintain heliports and be ready to receive patients from Air Methods and all other air transport providers in the region.
"We are pleased to have our trusted partner, Air Methods, provide this service for the citizens of southeast Nebraska and bordering states. Across the nation, health systems have realized the best patient outcomes occur when collaborating with industry leaders like Air Methods, and strategically basing air transport services within their service areas, like we are going to do in Crete," said John Woodrich, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bryan Medical Center.