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Geisinger Life Flight goes on the road

Mahoning Township, Montour County - From the sky to the ground Life Flight takes a whole new approach for saving lives.

The new Life Flight Ambulance will soon be in operation at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

"Ground transport is going to offer us a lot more leeway in getting patients to where they need to be. They may need the skill of the flight crew without necessarily the speed of the aircraft," said John Mullen transport nurse for Geisinger Life Flight.

Mullen usually treats patients in the sky during an emergency. Come the end of the week he will be transporting patients by ground to and from the hospital. The new Ambulance will not respond to emergency calls, it will be used for patient transport. "We'll take them from point A to point B, where ever that might be."

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will also use the vehicle, transporting babies with health problems to and from hospitals on the east coast.

"This crew allows us to be able to provide that standard of care when we don't need the helicopter as well as time. In central Pennsylvania when we can't utilize the helicopter when the weather is adverse," said Heidi Norman, Neonatal Transport Team Coordinator.

Monies raised through Children's Miracle Network helped pay for this service. The people that use it say they could not done it, with out the help. More than $225,000 paid for the new ambulance to help Geisinger and the Janet Weis Children's hospital.

This is an expansion of the Life Flight program to be a multiple program right now where we can go by ground if it is not time sensitive or if it is," said Geisinger Life Flight Program Director, Jerry Splitt.

Hopefully by the end of the week Geisinger's Life Flight Ambulance will be on the road.


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