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JULY 29, 2010

Northwest MedStar introduces new Pilatus PC-12 aircraft

   Northwest MedStar, a regional critical care transport service, has introduced three new, state-of-the-art Pilatus PC-12/47E turboprop aircraft, which “effectively transport critically ill or injured pediatric and adult patients with the highest level of patient care,” according to a press release issued July 22.

   “The continuity of patient care from the air and ground provides the highest level of care for the communities we serve,” said Eveline Bisson, director of Northwest MedStar. “In collaboration with our regional medical partners, the addition of these critical care transports support inter-facility transports and ensure rapid response and care during all critical times of need.”

   An aerodynamically advanced airframe, the Pilatus PC-12 combines excellent economy, reliability and versatility with the latest cockpit safety enhancements to aid pilot decision making. The new aircraft provides greater patient access, are more fuel efficient and less expensive to operate and maintain. The Pilatus PC-12 has been proven in the air medical industry to be a reliable aircraft with an efficient cabin interior that allows for effective patient care.

   The Pilatus flies more than 10 mph faster than Northwest MedStar’s current aircraft, has advantages when landing at smaller airports with shorter runways and can accommodate larger patients.

   Northwest MedStar is a service of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). INHS, a non-profit corporation based in Spokane, Washington, provides collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, and Valley Hospital & Medical Center, and the community. Other INHS companies include St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Northwest TeleHealth, Information Resource Management, Community Health Education & Resources (CHER) and others.

   For more information, visit www.inhs.org.