Working together as a team: Life Flight and Park City Medical Center help critically ill or injured patients get the life-saving help they need
That’s how long it takes to fly from the helipad at Park City Medical Center to Level I trauma facilities in Salt Lake City. That should be reassuring to the residents of Summit County.
Serious illnesses, traumatic injuries, and pediatric emergencies all need to be treated as quickly as possible. Having Park City Medical Center nearby helps ensure that residents and visitors can be seen by medical professionals who are qualified to make accurate diagnoses, stabilize patients, and prescribe rapid treatment.
For patients who need more acute care, Park City Medical Center will clear all hurdles necessary to get them to the hospital that offers the right treatment.
Intermountain Life Flight will get them there fast. In the past 31 years, Intermountain Life Flight has transported nearly 65,000 critically ill or injured people. Today, the service transports about 12 patients a day, half of whom are children.
Life Flight is the only air ambulance service in the Intermountain West to fly with pediatric nurses from Primary Children’s Medical Center, who are uniquely equipped to handle the most urgent medical situations.
The Life Flight fleet includes three airplanes and four helicopters, which are stationed throughout Utah 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, ready to help.
Life Flight and Park City Medical Center work together as a team to ensure the fastest process for preparing patients for transport and getting them in the air.
“Park City Medical Center makes the transport process easier and faster for patients,” says Bill Butts, a former Life Flight helicopter pilot and the program’s director of operations. “For those patients, every minute counts, so having them prepped and ready for the ride is essential.” And for those patients, the eight-minute ride could be the one that saves their lives.