Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Brunswick-New Hanover hospitals announce 24/7 availability of AirLink program

An AirLink aircraft will now remain stationed and available for emergency service on a 24/7 basis at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy AirLink)
An AirLink aircraft will now remain stationed and available for emergency service on a 24/7 basis at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy AirLink)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — After less than a year of service, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) are increasing the availability of the AirLink aircraft.

Stationed at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, the AirLink aircraft delivers patients with time-sensitive conditions from the hospital in Bolivia, Brunswick County to NHRMC in Wilmington or other trauma centers where more specialty interventions are available.

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Now, the aircraft will remain stationed for service 24 hours a day at Novant Health, doubling its current availability schedule. The hospitals first announced the AirLink partnership in January 2019, making the service available to patients for 12 hours a day during peak times.

The Novant Health-NHRMC aircraft was the program’s third; AirLink helicopters are also stationed in Whiteville and near Jacksonville.

The aircraft transportation partnership allows health care providers to expedite care in critical scenarios. Without the AirLink program, patients with time-sensitive conditions would have to wait for an aircraft to pick them up or be transported in an ambulance to reach the Wilmington hospital or other trauma centers.

Since launching the Novant Health AirLink service, the aircraft has completed 250 trips in 2019.


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