Parkview Hospital began the Samaritan Flight Program in 1989 with the mission of providing rapid transport for trauma, critically ill, cardiac and neonatal patients. The program provided a complement to ground emergency medical services and initially consisted of one helicopter based at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. A second helicopter was added in November 1999 and is based at Rochester Airport in Rochester, Ind. Both helicopters are called into action by Parkview Huntington Hospital’s EMS dispatch system.
In the fall 2010, Parkview introduced the Mobile ICU to complement a robust medical flight program. The Fort Wayne base for Parkview’s flight and Mobile ICU services moved to Parkview Regional Medical Center when this new facility opened in March 2012.
Providing transportation by air or land, Samaritan offers medical transport services to residents in northeast Indiana, southern Michigan and northeastern Ohio.
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