McLane Children's rolls out new ambulance

- Customized vehicle provides long distance service for little patients -

CENTRAL TEXAS, Texas – When a child is sick or injured, transportation to McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White can be a critical step to needed care. McLane Children’s now has a new state-of-the-art pediatric and neonatal transport ambulance. The new king-sized vehicle made its official delivery reception on March 4, 2013.

"McLane Children’s serves an entire region, not just one city," said John L. Boyd III, MD, chief executive officer and chief medical officer of McLane Children’s Hospital and Clinics. "We have ill or injured patients from several hundreds of miles come here for care. This very specialized transport ambulance will provide enough room for the necessary equipment and staff to care for that child, as well as room for parents or caregivers. This is a very unique piece of equipment for high-level pediatric medical care."

This one of a kind, custom-made transport ambulance was made possible for McLane Children’s by $280,000 from the Children’s Miracle Network, all raised by Walmart and Sam’s Club employees. A total of 16 Walmart and two Sam’s Club locations took part in the Miracle Balloon campaign, collecting money from customers throughout the community.

The vehicle was built from the wheels up, customized to meet the medical needs for the types of patients it will be transporting. As a virtual intensive care room on wheels, the ambulance will be able to provide life sustaining respiratory and other support equipment. The ambulance will be staffed with a specialized team of pediatric and neonatal registered nurses, respiratory therapists and emergency medical technicians who have advanced training in the stabilization, treatment and transport of children. It will be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"This vehicle will respond to the requests from other hospitals and clinics from around the region, for calls to come and pick up ill and injured children that need to come to McLane Children’s Hospital for surgery or other types of advanced care," said Terry Valentino, RN, director of trauma and transport services at McLane Children’s.

The range of this specialty ambulance is virtually unlimited; with two 50 gallon tanks the vehicle will travel long distances without the need to stop for fuel anywhere within Central Texas. When coupled with a companion air ambulance helicopter, which is set to arrive in May, the McLane Children’s Transport Program will truly uphold the Scott & White tradition of providing the right care at the right place at the right time.

"Children who have sustained a traumatic injury, were born prematurely or may be suffering from respiratory distress benefit from our ability to provide rapid, high-quality pediatric and neonatal expertise and equipment on-the-go," said Valentino. "The McLane Children’s Transport Team also is ready to transport children with surgical emergencies, cardiac issues or medical conditions that require transfer to McLane Children’s Hospital."

The ambulance will be easily recognizable on Texas roadways by its distinctively large size and the special artwork, a design developed to complement the hospital itself, which includes the McLane Children’s logo of stars and colors.

"We believe the sight of this new ambulance will be a comfort to families in times of great need," said Dr. Boyd. "It will let people know that help is on the way."

About McLane Children’s (swchildrens.org)
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.

Scott & White, A World of Healing

For more information, contact:

Scott Clark
Media and Public Relations
Scott & White Healthcare
sdclark@sw.org

March 4, 2013


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