DHART expands its reach
August 2, 2018
The University of Vermont Medical Center is taking to the sky thanks to a new partnership with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART helicopter.
“It could often take three or four hours to get a sick patient from upstate rural New York to the UVM Medical Center, so the capabilities of flight really will help,” said Ryan Clouser, the Regional Transport System Health Officer for UVM Medical Center.
Right now, 97 percent of inter-hospital travel happens on the ground. That’s going to change thanks to a new partnership with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team, or DHART. Now, its helicopter will fly out of the Burlington International Airport.
“We felt that it would be a great opportunity to extend the reach of DHART and UVM combined into territory that we don’t traditionally serve out of the Lebanon base,” said Kyle Madigan with DHART.
The helicopter and flight operations are being run through Dartmouth-Hitchcock, but the medical staff on the helicopter will be UVM Medical Center employees. That medical staff includes a critical care nurse, a paramedic, and sometimes a doctor on board.
The helicopter is one part of the hospital’s expanded effort to offer faster care, now implementing a 24-7 Regional Transfer Center, allowing medical providers to make one call to arrange for transportation. Before, emergency room providers would have to leave the bedside to make these arrangements.
“The transport system is all about ensuring we’re providing the highest quality care to that patient, transporting them efficiently wherever they need to be, and ensuring that the quality of the care they receive is top notch,” Clouser said.
While the improved regional transport system is in place right now, the helicopter is not operational just yet. The hospital expects the helicopter to be in the air very soon.
The program, so far, costs less than $100,000, this includes training and equipment for the crew. Payroll numbers are not included in that cost because flight team members were already employees.
Stay Updated with Metro
Stewart Corbin joins Metro AviationJanuary 29, 2019 Metro Aviation is pleased to welcome Stewart Corbin to the team as he steps into a new role as Customer Communication Center Training Manager. Within the same vein of Metro’s Transport Business Services and Customer...
Metro reveals exclusive DHART x UVM H135 designDecember 18, 2018 Metro delivered a newly completed H135 for a partnership between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's DHART program and the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Health Network Critical Care Transport...
Metro unveils H125 Configuration for Argentinian Dignitaries December 6, 2018 Metro Aviation recently revealed the final H125 configuration for authorities located in Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza dignitaries accepted the aircraft on behalf of its police force, which...
Metro Aviation is constantly growing our capabilities and expanding our reach. Metro holds more than 30 Supplemental type Certificates (STC) and completes about 35 aircraft each year for U.S. customers anf global clients.