CCH starts new patient transfer partnerships
Columbus Community Hospital is pleased to announce new partnerships to provide air and ground medical transportation.
Effective Jan. 11, CCH became a new air ambulance base for LifeNet, a subsidiary of Air Methods, the nation’s largest air transportation service which has more than 300 bases across the country.
Air Methods moved its LifeNet 1-3 base, formerly located in Fremont, to CCH. The base will serve residents of Columbus, Fremont, Albion, Central City, Schuyler, David City, Aurora and other local communities surrounding Columbus.
As part of this move, an air ambulance helicopter is now stationed at the hospital for the first time. This eliminates the previous need to bring an air ambulance from the airport whenever CCH needed to transfer patients to another medical facility.
“When we have to transfer patients to another care center, we want to make sure we get them there quickly,” said Mike Hansen, CCH president and CEO. “By locating the helicopter at the hospital, we have immediate access to transport. Having a helicopter on our pad will cut the time down even more.”
The air ambulance base is staffed by a 12-member crew including pilots, flight nurses, flight paramedics and mechanics. They will transport patients facing life-threatening illness or injuries, such as multiple traumas, spinal cord injuries, high-risk pregnancies, heart attacks, burns, organ transplants/procurements and limb reattachments/amputations.
“Having a good crew that is highly qualified and patient-focused to transfer our patients to Omaha or Lincoln quickly is especially important to us,” Hansen said.
Along with its crew, the helicopter is equipped with ventilators, heart-monitoring equipment, intravenous medication, blood pressure support and other equipment to provide safe delivery to another facility.
“In the emergency situations we are called to, minutes can be the difference between life and death,” said Kevin Hallam, account executive at LifeNet/Air Methods. “We are excited to partner with CCH to ensure residents of central Nebraska have access to fast and efficient transports to lifesaving care.”
Along with providing high-quality care, Air Methods prioritizes transparency in pricing so that is able to keep costs lower for patients. The company networks with more than 50 insurance companies. It also provides a patient advocacy team to help navigate the post-flight billing process. Thanks to these efforts, Nebraska patients average an out-of-pocket cost of less than $200 for emergency air transport with Air Methods.
Priority Medical Transport
CCH also recently established a new partnership for medical ground transportation with Priority Medical Transport, a Nebraska-based company.
Priority Medical first opened in 2015 in North Platte with two advanced life support ambulances. It now operates in Nebraska and northern Kansas. In the past five years, the operation has expanded to add bases in Kearney, Hastings, Lexington, McCook, and most recently, Columbus.
“We couldn’t be more excited and honored to be entrusted with caring for the patients of Columbus and its surrounding region,” said Dr. Jim Smith, Priority Medical co-owner and medical director. “CCH President and CEO Mike Hansen and his team have been a joy to work with, and we look forward to working side by side in supporting the hospital’s mission to improve the health of the communities we serve.”
Priority Medical operates multiple advanced life support and basic life support ambulances 24 hours a day. They offer high-quality basic and advanced life support, and critical care medical transport services.
Some of the services include advanced airway management, trauma management, Bi-PAP/CPAP, pain and sedation management, ventilator management, obstetrical transports, fetal heart tone monitoring, chest tube management, 12 Lead EKG/STEMI management, IV medication administration, blood product administration, titration of IV infusion and bariatric patient transportation.
Hansen said what stood out when deciding to partner with Priority Medical was the operation’s focus on providing the best care for patients.
“Priority Medical’s focus is aligned with what we do. We look forward to our partnership to provide the best care for our patients,” he said.