Four Years after Haiti's Devastating Earthquake, Helicopter EMS Service Lands
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 9, 2014
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Haiti Air Ambulance (HAA),
a New York not-for-profit corporation, will offer Haiti's first helicopter
emergency medical service this Spring. Funded entirely from private
contributions and operated to FAA air ambulance standards, the new service
will be officially announced this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Haiti.
Four years after the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti still has
only one trauma center, no air ambulance service, and virtually no ground
ambulance operations for its population of 10 million. Despite billions of
dollars in approved aid, most roads remain in poor condition and more than
250,000 Haitians still live in tents.
"People continue to die every day of broken bones, treatable illnesses, and
even childbirth because they cannot reach medical assistance," says Ralph
McDaniel, Acting Executive Director of HAA. "Helicopter EMS service will save
countless lives. This service is also an important step toward increasing
health care capacity and enhancing health care access to the citizens and
visitors of Haiti, directly contributing to the country's development."
Scheduled to begin in March, the service will initially provide daytime-only
patient transfers from outlying hospitals to trauma and critical care
facilities, regardless of whether or not the patient can pay. Once services
are established and the EMS infrastructure develops, HAA will expand to
transporting patients to hospitals from accident scenes.
Private investors and helicopter EMS professionals founded HAA to support the
Haitian people. In addition to bringing critical aeromedical transportation to
the country, HAA will hire and train Haitians to eventually run the entire
service. HAA has already hired local medical staff and recently signed a
contract with Air Methods Corporation for two Bell 407 helicopters, three
pilots and two mechanics. Hangar construction for the service is underway at
the SONOPI Industrial Park adjacent to the Port-au-Prince airport.
Haiti Air Ambulance is a public, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to
providing safe, efficient and sustainable aeromedical transportation for the
people of Haiti. HAA includes aviation professionals, skilled medical
personnel and other supporters of Haiti's first HEMS (Helicopter Emergency
Medical Services) and Medical Evacuation program. For more information, visit
SOURCE Haiti Air Ambulance
Contact: Ralph McDaniel, US Cell 404.368.8581, Haiti Cell 509.44824831, or Jen
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