New Air Ambulance to Fly Sanford Childrens Patient to Oshkosh Air Show

Fourteen-year-old Kristen Alstott and her parents from Lauren, IA will travel to Oshkosh, WI on the new Sanford Intensive Air fixed-wing aircraft.

 
The new King Air Model B200GT allows
intensive air crews to transport
patients more safely and efficiently.

 

(Sioux Falls, SD) - When seconds count, critically ill and injured patients who need acute care and the fastest possible transportation rely on Sanford USD Medical Center’s Intensive Air program. This aviation program has helped thousands of children and adults, which is why Sanford Children’s will fly a former patient and her parents in its new fixed-wing aircraft to the annual EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh, WI.

The annual event brings in more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts and 10,000 airplanes to Oshkosh, WI for forums, workshops and an air show. The show is July 27-August 2 this year. Sanford’s new intensive air fixed-wing aircraft will be on display at the air show on July 30.

“The annual event in Oshkosh brings together thousands of people with a passion for aviation,” said Charles P. O’Brien, MD, President, Sanford USD Medical Center. “Here at Sanford, we have that same passion for aviation because our Intensive Air program saves lives every day. We are pleased to bring our new fixed-wing aircraft as well as a young patients who was helped by Sanford’s Intensive Air program to the country’s largest air show.”

Fourteen-year-old Kristen Alstott and her parents from Lauren, IA will travel to Oshkosh, WI on the new Sanford Intensive Air fixed-wing aircraft. At age seven, Kristen was hit by a pick-up truck while leaving school. She flew 15 feet, landing on the pavement face first, breaking several bones. She was taken to Spencer, IA and then flown via fixed-wing aircraft to Sanford Children’s where she spent 18 days.

New Sanford Intensive Air Fixed-Wing Aircraft

The new King Air Model B200GT allows intensive air crews to transport patients more safely and efficiently. Its features include:

  • Higher cruise speeds which average 350-miles-per-hour, approximately 45-miles-per-hour faster than the previous model
  • A faster rate of climb than the previous model
  • A redesigned Life Port system which provides an improved and safer medical platform to administer patient care while in flight
  • Improved communications with physicians and communication center through the satellite phone and digital radio
  • The Pro-Line 21 cock-pit offers improved situational awareness through improved XM weather monitoring, terrain mapping and traffic avoidance

Intensive Air History

Sanford’s Intensive Air Program has been operating since 1977 and has flown more than 35,000 patients. In addition to the new King Air airplane, the Sanford Intensive Air Fleet includes a Bell 230 helicopter and another King Air fixed wing aircraft. Life-saving equipment on board includes a heart and vital sign monitor, defibrillator, pacemaker, invasive line monitoring equipment, lab analyzer, ventilator, infusion pumps, pulse oximetry and advanced life saving medications which are all readily available inside the cabin.

Intensive Air is composed of four specialized flight teams – adult, neonatal, maternal and pediatric – with advanced training in cardiac, trauma, burns, pediatric, maternal and neonatal critical care. All teams transport in the helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.

About Sanford Health

Based in Sioux Falls, SD, Sanford Health’s comprehensive, integrated system includes nearly 440 providers in 128 clinic and satellite clinics. It also includes 23 hospitals, 12 nursing homes, 18 assisted living facilities and congregate living locations, 27 home health services and 19 pharmacies. With more than 10,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the region. Its primary, 500-bed nonprofit tertiary care hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, serves an average of more than 50,000 inpatients annually. For more information, visit www.sanfordhealth.org.

About Sanford Children’s Hospital

A part of the Sanford Health system, Sanford Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of pediatric care in its region. The 146-bed Sanford Children’s Hospital includes 76 general pediatric beds, as well as 58 neonatal intensive care beds and 12 pediatric intensive care beds, all in private family suites. With more than 200 pediatric and family medicine physicians and more than 350 pediatric-trained staff, Sanford Children’s provides inpatient, outpatient and clinic services for pediatric patients and their families in a family-centered environment designed to meet the unique healing needs of children. Sanford Children’s is also the area’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. For more information, visit www.sanfordchildrens.org.


Contact:
Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Coordinator
(605) 328-7056 | jonesst@sanfordhealth.org