Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation's mission is to provide comprehensive, regionally integrated ground and air transportation for adult, pediatric, neonatal, and high-risk obstetrical critical care patients from referral institutions and scenes of injury.
Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation Services is based out of Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, central and northern Wisconsin's first verified Level II Trauma Center.
Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation Services is not a "911" service, but is designed to support, supplement, and assist local and regional ambulances and other emergency services, which play the initial key role in any emergency medical transport.
Providing interfacility transportation for patients requiring advanced life support (ALS) or critical care management to or from tertiary hospitals is of particular importance, and is one of the primary reasons for using Ministry Spirit services.
Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation can be accessed by the appropriate medical professionals 24 hours a day through the Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital Communication Center. Staffed by communications specialists trained as emergency medical technicians, the staff receives request information and rapidly dispatches the appropriate mode of transportation. During this time, key patient information is collected and relayed to the transport crew. Dispatching a mode of transportation occurs simultaneously to collecting patient and transport information.
Effective communication is vital for timely and successful dispatch of either the helicopter or ground ambulance. The communication center remains in constant contact with the Ministry Spirit transport teams to monitor their location and keep referral hospitals or emergency scene crews informed of their progress.
Dedicated Intercept Service Based in Weston and Marshfield
The service will bring paramedics to scenes of medical emergency and accident or to ambulances coming to the hospital when a situation requires an advanced level of care that the ambulance crew cannot perform. Paramedics can provide advanced medical care and will enhance the emergency lifesaving capabilities of the local EMS providers.
While this service is not new, the addition of more paramedic staff and life saving equipment and medications, significantly enhances the availability of the service, which, to this time, has been provided by the staff of the Ministry Spirit interfacility ambulance team. The availability of paramedics with advanced training and equipment can dramatically improve a medical emergency or accident victim’s chances of recovery as treatment can begin on the scene or en route to the hospital.
Ministry Spirit Medical Intercept program at Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital will cover an area of approximately twenty-five miles around Weston meaning that they can reach from Hatley to Edgar. The Intercept program at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital will cover a twenty-five mile radius of Marshfield and include Clark, Wood and Marathon counties.
Our communication specialists also staff the MinistryConnect Center. MinistryConnect is a toll-free, single point of contact to transfer a patient to Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield or Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston. By calling this number, referring providers or their staff will speak with a clinically trained representative who will assist them in transferring their patient in a consistent and comprehensive manner.
Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation Services transportation crew works under the medical direction and standing protocols of Dr. Heong P'ng. Emergency medicine physicians from Marshfield Clinic staff the emergency department at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and provide on-line medical support for all Ministry Spirit transports. Consultation also is available from other Clinic staff including cardiologists, neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons, neonatologists, obstetricians, and pediatric intensivists.
High-risk neonatal (newborn) patients that need specialized care and treatment are often transferred to Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For these transports, the Ministry Spirit crew is joined by a neonatal transport nurse and respiratory therapist. This team has advanced training for stabilizing and caring for the critically ill patient during transport.
A nurse and paramedic staff the helicopter or ground ambulances. Transport nurses average more than 14 years of critical care and emergency department experience. Our paramedics are well trained in critical care and advanced skills and have an average of more than 10 years in emergency medical services. Both nurses and paramedics assist in the care of critically ill patients at Ministry hospitals where Ministry Spirit bases are located when not on transports, and participate in ongoing training and skill competency checks. Besides having years of clinical and field experiences, both nurses and paramedics receive more than 200 hours of critical care/emergency transport orientation and must be properly certified.