LifeFlight Eagle is expanding its service and adding its first ground critical-care ambulance in the Kansas City region.
The ambulance will conduct only interfacility transports, and will initially be used only when the program’s aircraft are unable to fly because of inclement weather.
“Creating a ground transport option helps us fill a critical gap in the service we provide,” said Jeff Willhite, LifeFlight Eagle’s vice president of program operations. “Our rural hospitals have extremely sick patients they need to get to the city, regardless of what weather conditions might be. Now we can still serve those hospitals and their patients’ need for critical care, even if we aren’t able to provide the speed of an aircraft.”
“It’s a win for local EMS, too. It reduces the burden on 911 services, who have to pull an emergency response ambulance off the street to conduct these long transports out of their communities.”