Health network releases new transportation fleet


Residents will soon have a more secure, quicker, more convenient method to get to and from medical visits. Fort Hamilton Hospital owner Kettering Health Network announced Wednesday it is including Kettering Mobile Care, a fleet of 26 medical patient transportation cars, to meet increased patient volumes, particularly in its freestanding emergency centers and rural facilities.

The fleet, which rolls into action Oct. 4, will be among the biggest hospital-branded fleets in Ohio with 17 ambulances, 5 ambulettes, two mobile intensive care units or MICUs and 2 response vehicles. That, authorities stated, will assist increase patient access to network centers and decrease wait times when clients have to be transferred.

Three of the automobiles will be committed to serving Fort Hamilton Hospital.

It’s all part of a partnership with Buckeye Ambulance, a Kettering-based medical transportation service, whose cars are committed entirely too transporting clients into and out of the health system’s medical facilities, emergency departments and outpatient facilities.

As a network, we move about 8,000 clients a year throughout our network facilities, going from one campus to another because of the need, whether it be outpatient services, going home or entering into a various level of tertiary care, stated John Weimer, Kettering Health Network’s director of emergency situation and trauma services.

That’s indispensable for all Kettering locations, consisting of Fort Hamilton Hospital, which provides heart, neurological and maternity care, Weimer said.

When you have somebody who has a cardiovascular disease (and) they have terrific outcomes here, however then they require open heart surgery, what we’ll be able to do is we’ll have a real vehicle on site that’s integrated within our network, that we can speed up that care to the open heart program up at one of our other centers in the north location, he said.

Kettering Mobile Care staff will continuously keep an eye on and examine the most useful places for cars and change accordingly as required, Weimer stated.

Each vehicle is geared up with electronic medical record innovation so paramedics and EMT’s can electronically move patient medical records to medical facilities and medical facilities while in service, according to Roy Chew, president of Kettering Health Network.

Mobile intensive care devices and ambulances are equipped with heart screens that transmit EKGs and other essential indications and medical information to physicians and other medical companies.

The automobiles are created to minimize reaction time through a GPS tracking system that offers real-time location info of each automobile, permitting dispatcher to send the closest vehicle to pick up a patient.

This is really state of the art and we’re so glad that we have found a partner that we can march into the future with, together, Chew stated.

The collaboration will produce approximately 100 tasks in the area, according to Dereck Pristas, president, CEO and creator of Buckeye Ambulance, who stated the medical transportation service model, is the very first of its kind in the location.

We’re really able to position our staff here at Fort Hamilton Hospital and they’re able to report to work here so we’re able to get regional people and attract regional paramedics and EMT’s and nurses to come and work and look after individuals right here in their own community, Pristas stated.