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Fisher-Titus and MetroHealth expand collaboration

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jan 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM

To continue to enhance trauma and critical care services in north central Ohio, Fisher-Titus and MetroHealth are expanding critical care transportation services, according to Brent W. Burkey, MD, president, Fisher-Titus.

“Ensuring patients receive the highest quality care before arriving at a hospital means better outcomes and faster recovery for patients. Serving the needs of our patients, right here where they live, is very important to us.” said Dr. Burkey. “In October, we entered into a collaboration with the MetroHealth system, a top provider for trauma and burn care in Ohio, to bring skilled trauma care to our hospital. It’s only natural to expand our trauma plans to include key partnerships within our transport service to further evolve our critical care offering into the pre-hospital environment.”

To better serve the region, Fisher-Titus and MetroHealth will be collaborating on several key initiatives including medical direction of North Central EMS and the operation of ground critical care services.

MetroHealth is now serving as the Medical Director of Fisher-Titus’ North Central EMS service, a 911 and EMS transport service in Huron and surrounding counties. In this role, MetroHealth will oversee protocols and processes for patient care, as well as quality and continual education for North Central EMS staff.

“MetroHealth is committed to the North Central Ohio region,” said Bernard Boulanger, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer. “It’s a natural fit to expand our relationship in this way and expand our care to include the pre-hospital setting.”

In addition, Metro Life Flight has begun operations of ground critical care transportation for the region. The Metro Life Flight ground critical ambulance care unit is staffed by MetroHealth critical care crews, and will be servicing Huron County and local hospitals. This partnership represents an expansion of ground services, which MetroHealth currently operates in Cuyahoga county.

The first week of January brought change to critical care air transport, as well. Utah-based Guardian Flight, stationed at Milan for the past year, withdrew its air critical care transport helicopter operating in the region. Local critical care air transport providers, including Metro Life Flight helicopters, will provide expanded support to the region.

“This change opens an opportunity to look at our relationships with other top air transport providers to ensure our community and region is getting the best possible critical air transport services,” said Dr. Burkey. “We are looking forward to working together with area hospitals to enhance this service.”

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