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Plane Increases Access to Care

Hospital can now transport more sick kids from medical facilities across the state to Children’s – even in the fog

11/5/2010 

Equipped with a new fixed-wing Beechcraft King Air C90 twin-turbo prop airplane, Children’s can now transport more sick children from medical facilities across the state to the hospital – even in the fog.

New transport plane for Children'sFor more than a decade, Children’s Hospital Central California has safely transported infants, children and teenagers on Air George, an emergency Bell 407 helicopter provided by Med-Trans Corporation and housed at Children’s. With help from the same partner, our expert pediatric and neonatal teams can also provide the same quality and timely care by plane in weather conditions that Air George cannot fly.

“Now when we’re socked in with fog we can use the fixed wing,” said Danny Davis, Children’s executive director, acute and patient care support. “This service expands excellent pediatric and neonatal care to Children's transport team member aboard planepatients in areas too far to go by ground or who Air George can’t reach because of bad weather.”

Med-Trans Corporation – a leader in the air medical industry – began stationing the airplane at Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Nov. 1. Our experienced medical teams transport patients around-the-clock in both the “mobile ICU” helicopter and plane specially configured for neonatal and pediatric patients. Once patients arrive at the airport via the plane, the same teams transport them by ambulance to Children’s.

The new plane, which will be available until April 1, 2011, may also lighten the load for Air George, whose annual transports have more than doubled during the past five years.