Maternal-Fetal Air Transport Services Initiated by Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
- Published on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 15:55
In 1994 Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center established its emergency Maternal-Fetal Transport Services, a ground-transport service available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. Now they will be offering the capabilities of air transportation, via helicopter, thanks to Mercy Air.
Using Brackett Field Airport in La Verne, just 2.4 miles away, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center will be offering the only Maternal-Fetal Medical air transport service from the east end of Los Angeles County to the Arizona border, northeast through Inyo and Mono counties, and southeast through Riverside and Imperial counties. The geographic span of the coverage area will include more than 25 hospitals, in seven counties. These hospitals lack the capabilities for emergent, at-risk mothers-to-be and/or their unborn babies. The safest way to transport the pre-term and high risk infants is inside the mother’s womb. PVHMC offers one of the most advanced maternal and neonatal programs in Southern California including a Perinatal program, an advanced Labor and Delivery program, and a 53-bed, Level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Pomona Valley Hospital is the third largest delivering hospital in California.
PVHMC held an Open House on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Brackett Field Airport, 1615 McKinley Ave., La Verne, CA. Look-see tours of a Mercy Air helicopter and the Cole-Schaefer ambulance were available. Additionally, Mercy Air provided a short demonstration ride for 10 VIP guests.