New name for sky ambulance: Gundersen AIR
The new year brings a new name for Gundersen Health System's emergency medical helicopter program. The newly named Gundersen AIR serves a 150-mile area of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota, 365 days a year.
The name change as of Jan. 1, from the previous name of Gundersen MedLink AIR, eliminates confusion for clinicians and healthcare professionals who use Gundersen Health System MedLink, which provides service for patient referrals, consults, transports, transfers and more.
One of only five emergency medical helicopter services headquartered in Wisconsin accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, Gundersen AIR can be airborne in minutes to bring emergency care directly to people where they live, when they need it most.
With two helicopters providing service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Gundersen AIR can:
- Better cover Gundersen Health System's service area.
- Handle greater volume of flights from regional hospitals and accident scenes.
- In most cases, shorten response times, especially for remote locations.
- Improve patient outcomes for time-critical emergencies.
In addition to skilled pilots, the Gundersen AIR team includes critical care nurses and specially-trained flight paramedics with extensive background in medical protocols and advanced skills to care for patients.
Gundersen AIR partners with Gundersen Health System's regional affiliate hospitals and other regional healthcare facilities; local paramedics, EMTs and other first responders and ambulance services to provide seamless emergency care. Gundersen AIR is also available to transport high-risk maternity patients, resulting in higher infant survival rates and APGAR scores, and has a special neonatal transport team to care for infants requiring advanced specialized care or observation.