WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTHI)- St. Vincent LifeFlight is changing its name to St. Vincent StatFlight beginning November 1st. Along with the change, they will retire one of their helicopters while bringing a new one into service.
Wednesday the public got a close up look of this new helicopter at Daviess Community Hospital. They wanted to show off the new capabilities of their new Helicopter. Mike Spaulding is a Flight Paramedic with St. Vincent Evansville who gave a tour of their newest addition.
This new helicopter is larger in size allowing crews to do more. It will have added lifesaving tools to help who are in critical condition. Also, this added space will allow a passenger to come along on the flight. An area the flight crew is proud of is the ability for Neonate transports.
"We will also have the ability to bring St. Vincent’s Evansville’s NICU capabilities for our very small premature patients. We will be out a NICU nurse, a NICU respiratory therapist and we will be able to bring that NICU like Daviess Community for example," said Spaulding
Everyone who attended the got to walk through how this new helicopter will work in case they will be in a situation where the helicopter is at. This includes in various weather. This new helicopter will also have special capabilities to fly in various weather conditions.
“Because of the capabilities of this helicopter we can fly in weather that other helicopters cant and so we make sure that we do it safely, we do what’s right for the patient and we get them to whatever destination which is appropriate for their needs,” said Spaulding.
This new helicopter will begin making runs beginning November first.