McLane Children's launches new helicopter transport

- Aircraft provides long distance service when needed for little patients -

CENTRAL TEXAS – The children's transport program at McLane Children’s Scott & White has added an air ambulance to its assets. The new helicopter went into service today, making another layer of critical care transportation available when children are sick or injured and need to be brought to McLane Children’s.

"We provide service and care to the Central Texas region, which is a large portion of the state," said John L. Boyd III, MD, chief executive officer and chief medical officer of McLane Children’s Hospital and Clinics. "This aircraft brings added capabilities to our transport program, which is already very good. When a child needs the care we give at McLane Children’s, we are ready to provide transportation at the appropriate level, whatever that level may be."

Dr. Boyd spoke to a crowd gathered at McLane Children’s for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the helicopter. He and Robert Pryor, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer for Scott & White Healthcare, arrived at the event in the new helicopter as it was making the inaugural landing at McLane Children’s, officially putting the aircraft into operation for the hospital.

"The air ambulance will be responding to requests from other hospitals and clinics from around Central Texas, often when transport time is a critical factor for a child’s care," said Terry Valentino, RN, director of trauma and transport services at McLane Children’s. "Another common concern, when considering mode of transport for children, is how smooth and stable the ride must be. This new helicopter is a perfect companion to the custom made children’s ambulance we put into service in March 2013."

McLane Children’s is the only Level II pediatric trauma center that serves Central Texas. The Level II designation means McLane Children’s has been verified as meeting the highest national standards, and provides a team of specialists, available 24-hours a day, to respond to the most critical situations.

The helicopter is a BK117 built by Eurocopter.  The aircraft is big enough to accommodate the patient and flight crew consisting of a children’s transport registered nurse and respiratory therapist, along with additional medical specialists, when needed.

By coupling the new air ambulance helicopter with the custom made ground ambulance, the McLane Children’s Transport Program continues the Scott & White tradition of providing the right care at the right place at the right time.

 About McLane Children’s (
McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White is the only pediatric hospital between Dallas and Austin. It encompasses 112 inpatient beds -- 48 private rooms and 16 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) rooms, with another 48 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds at Scott & White Memorial Hospital.  The NICU unit cares for 600 to 700 newborns each year with their health outcomes ranking among the top 10 percent of neonatal care units in the United States.  McLane Children’s has been designed to support staff in delivering family-centered care in a healing and secure environment.

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Scott Clark
Media and Public Relations
Scott & White Healthcare

September 19, 2013

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