On Tuesday, May 22, longtime Kaleida Health partner American Medical Response (AMR), and the country’s leading provider of medical transportation, unveiled a specially-designed neonatal transport ambulance exclusively for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.
Wrapped from bumper to bumper with Oishei Children’s Hospital graphics, the new addition to AMR’s fleet is outfitted with a dual-capacity neonatal isolette to transport premature or critically ill twins from across the region. The Children’s Guild Foundation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Oishei Children’s Hospital admits more than 850 babies each year and has an average daily census of 56. The active Neonatal Transport Team, readily available to provide stabilization and transport to Oishei Children’s Hospital for any infant in the region, transports approximately one-third of admissions from an outlying hospital. Oishei Children’s Hospital serves as the largest and most advanced Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Western New York.
Transporting the region’s premature babies, the brand new 2018 Neonatal Transport Team’s ambulance is the first of any area ambulance fleet equipped for the simultaneous care and transport of twins. A key feature of the Ford E450 V10 ambulance include two state-of-the-art Stryker Power-PRO IT incubator transport cots with both electric and hydraulic life operation to safely raise and lower isolettes with the touch of a button. A 4,000-watt Onan generator and 3,000-watt Pure Sine Wave inverter system provide primary and secondary power, respectively, for all on-board equipment and accessories, with 110 volts of A/C electricity needed to care for the highest risk neonates. It also includes a touch screen HVAC system and medical grade high-capacity air and O2 ports.
“We’ve worked closely with the team at Oishei Children’s Hospital to ensure we designed the ambulance to meet the specific needs of our community – both now and in future,” said Scott Karaszewski, Chief EMS Officer for American Medical Response.
“AMR has been a valued partner of Kaleida Health for over four decades,” said Stephen Turkovich, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Oishei Children’s Hospital. “Our partners at AMR and highly-skilled neonatal transport team play a crucial role in the care we provide our littlest patients.”
The announcement came as part of AMR’s National EMS Week celebrations across the country.