Fairfield Memorial, LifeFlight celebrate 30-year partnership | Health
St. Mary’s LifeFlight program presented a plaque to hospital staff at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, honoring their 30-year partnership. Fairfield Memorial says the relationship means its emergency room team has access to valuable continuing education offerings, and collaborative training opportunities which involve ER nurses, local EMS providers, and LifeFlight crew members.
“We value our close partnership with facilities such as Fairfield Memorial Hospital, and rely heavily on the experience and expertise of the ER physicians and staff to evaluate, stabilize, and recognize the need for expeditious transport of their patients requiring specialty care," said Keith Miller, NREMT-P, FP-C, Lead Flight Paramedic for LifeFlight.
LifeFlight operates a Bell 407 helicopter with an air speed of 150 miles per hour which means it can get to the Fairfield area in approximately 22 minutes.
LifeFlight began service on May 29, 1982, as Welborn Baptist LifeFlight. They moved to St. Mary’s in 1999 as a part of the St. Mary’s acquisition of Welborn Baptist Hospital, and have been serving the tri-state ever since – safely transporting over 11,000 patients during our 3 decades of service.
“Fairfield Memorial Hospital would like to thank LifeFlight for reaching out to our rural community. The LifeFlight service is vital for our rural community, as they can ensure a safe and fast transport of our most critical patients. Also, their trauma inservices and other educational resources are quite valuable for hospital staff to ensure proper stabilization before transport,” stated Katherine Bunting, Ph.D., Fairfield Memorial’s CEO.