Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation Announces Rhinelander-based Helicopter

Ministry Health Care has begun operating a second helicopter ambulance from a Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital base in Rhinelander in June, 2011.

The placement of an additional helicopter in Rhinelander will increase the availability and the effective range of the service, and it will reduce the response time to northern Wisconsin patients. “Time is a critical factor in the outcome of treatment for heart attack, trauma and stroke victims, “ said Heong P’ng, MD, medical director of Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation (MSMT). “Basing a helicopter in northern Wisconsin will dramatically reduce the time it takes to transport patients to the region’s specialty referral centers in Marshfield and Weston/Wausau.”

MSMT currently provides air and inter-facility ground ambulance transportation services to residents of central and northern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. The service’s new EC 145 helicopter is dispatched from Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, while its ground ambulances operate from dispatch centers in Marshfield, Stevens Point, Weston, Woodruff, and Rhinelander. Its Weston base at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital also includes an advanced life support intercept service that supports the paramedic staffed ambulances of Weston and surrounding communities. The new Rhinelander-based AS350 helicopter has flown over 100 missions to date.

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