Saturday, January 30, 2016

Cutting Response Time: UW Health Medflight taking off soon from new Iowa County base

IOWA COUNTY (WKOW) --- After 30 years, Medflight is moving forward with plans to expand their services by creating a satellite base. 

"I think it will be a revolutionary new program in terms of getting us out where we need to be, decreasing the response times." Medflight Medical Director Dr. Ryan Wubben said about moving their one of a kind O.R. in the skies from Madison to now Mineral Point.

Dr. Wubben says there are a lot of moving parts to making this project happen by late Spring.

"Ranging from the aircraft itself, fuel, having a fuel system set up, having a blood supply because we are one of the few programs that carry blood on our flights," Dr. Wubben said of some of the challenges in transporting the program to the former Land's End hangar at the Iowa County Airport.

"I think it's gonna be a good thing," Pilot Mark Hopp said.  His Piper Cub sits across from the new Medflight hangar and he's looking forward to having the team close.

In some cases, Medflight response times could be cut up to 20 minutes.

"The time travel from here to Madison is extremely long and it would be be a great opportunity for everyone out here and for the airport as well," Hopp said.

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