Every second counts when a critically ill patient must be transferred to another medical facility. That’s why we have SkyHealth, a state-of-the-art emergency helicopter service that greatly reduces the time a patient spends outside of the acute care environment. Flying over traffic at 135 miles an hour, the SkyHealth helicopter offers patients the fastest and safest route to and from any medical facility in the northeast region (if a landing site can be arranged).
On average, it takes 10 minutes from the time a call is received until lift-off. Though flight times vary depending on distance and weather, the helicopter can often cover 25 miles in about 10 minutes. The same route could take an ambulance an hour or more. Imagine what a difference those precious minutes can make.
The SkyHealth helicopter is equipped with the same sophisticated critical care technology available in the most innovative of operating rooms, emergency rooms and intensive care units. The medical equipment aboard the helicopter includes:
- Mechanical ventilators
- Cardiac and invasive channel monitoring
- Cardiac defibrillator
- Transcutaneous and venous pacemakers
- Advanced isolette transportation system for infants and newborns
- Fetal heart monitoring for single or twin fetuses
- Intra-aortic balloon pump
- Video laryngoscopy
- Oxygen saturation, capnography, invasive and noninvasive temperature monitoring
- ECMO transportation capabilities
The SkyHealth medical flight team--a crew of paramedics and nurses--has the highest level of training in emergency, pre-hospital and critical care disciplines. Dual-credentialed in New York and Connecticut, they have experience in multiple specialties from advanced cardiac life support to neonatal care (caring for newborns with critical medical needs).
The team undergoes an intensive three-month training program at Northwell Health’s Center for Learning and Innovation, Emergency Medical Institute and Bioskills laboratory. This comprehensive training includes simulations and clinical rotations in trauma for adults and pediatric patients. Additionally, our entire flight team initially and continually undergoes rigorous flight safety training, night vision goggle training, crew resource management training and scene flight training.
Our clinicians have tens of thousands of hours logged for in-flight experience and a solid medical footing after years in the emergency, pre-hospital and critical care settings.
SkyHealth pilots and mechanics, trained by Med-Trans, have an extensive aviation background with either the U.S. military, law enforcement or Federal Aviation Administration. All pilots have extensive in-flight training and experience, and some serve as instructor pilots, teaching and maintaining aviation standards. Med-Trans also requires all pilots to undergo quarterly in-flight and simulated reviews, a safety standard few companies conduct.
SkyHealth is based centrally on Long Island and the Eastern I-95 Corridor in Connecticut. It is available for any sending hospital (facility that needs to transport a patient to another facility) in the Northeast region to make transfers into any hospital of choice within New York or Connecticut. Destinations in additional states are available if the sending facility is within New York or Connecticut. The aircraft is capable of flying 150 miles nonstop. A higher mileage range is possible based on refueling and weather.
SkyHealth also manages helipad infrastructure at hospitals designated and credentialed as trauma centers including:
- North Shore University Hospital (Level I trauma center, STEMI Center and Interventional Stroke Center)
- Staten Island University Hospital (Level I trauma center equipped with a specialized burn unit, STEMI Center and a venomous bite center)
- Southside Hospital (Level II trauma center and STEMI Center)
- Lenox Hill Hospital (STEMI Center and Interventional Stroke Center)
- Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (Hyperbaric Chamber Center)
Children with trauma, injury or critical care needs will be flown to North Shore University Hospital and transported by ambulance to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, located two miles away.
SkyHealth is a joint venture between Yale New Haven Health and Northwell Health. Air transportation is provided in partnership with Med-Trans Corporation.
*disclaimer: SkyHealth is operated by Med-Trans.