Four Years after Haiti's Devastating Earthquake, Helicopter EMS Service Lands in Haiti

Four Years after Haiti's Devastating Earthquake, Helicopter EMS Service Lands 
in Haiti 
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - 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 
Media are invited to attend the launch event at 2 p.m., Jan. 11, 2014, at the 
Hotel Montana,rue Franck Cardozo, Port-au-Prince.

SOURCE  Haiti Air Ambulance 
Ralph McDaniel, US Cell 404.368.8581, Haiti Cell 509.44824831, or Jen Boyer, 
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