LAURIUM, Mich. (WZMQ) – Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital & Clinics hosted an informative meet and greet with the Aspirus MedEvac team on Saturday with the MedEvac helicopter taking off at noon.
“You know we got services available for the community and we wanna be good partners in the community to provide good health care,” Charlie Kotke, regional manager for MedEvac, said. “And the hospital is a good partner with Aspirus MedEvac so we wanna come and educate today.”
Despite the windy weather, the event was still put on and had a great turnout.
Families were able to ‘touch-a-truck’ with the fire department, look inside the helicopter and ambulance and talk with the team one-on-one to learn what resources are provided for them in the case of an emergency and needing transportation.
“Knowing that what we do as far as we go, getting emergent care from one facility to another or from a critical accident scene, something like that, is something that needs to be done for the care of the patient and you know ensuring their well being,” Brian Fox, air medical bay supervisor for MedEvac 1 out of Woodruff, WI, said.
With four hospitals in Michigan, Aspirus is able to serve the community through home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and air-medical transport, medical goods, nursing homes and a broad network of physicians.
Community members who came out and sat with the team were able to learn more about the technical side of helicopters compared to the other emergency response vehicles.
“However, our Aspirus MedEvac ground ambulance has the same capability of care our helicopters do,” Kotke said. “But when it’s time-sensitive, flying a patient it makes all the difference.”
For more information on Aspirus Health and the Aspirus MedEvac team visit their website.