St. Patrick Hospital and Health Foundation via Crowdrise
May 02, 2012
BENEFITING: St. Patrick Hospital and Health Foundation
Top Of The World
On August 7, 2010, my family and I were literally "on top of the world" at 9,500 feet on the middle of the three Como Peaks south of Hamilton, Montana. Full of excitement at reaching the peak, I never imagined I would soon be in need of an emergency rescue team from St. Patrick Hospital Life Flight. On the descent, I had a misstep while traversing a glacier ice chute and was sliding down the slope out of control. Managing to steer myself toward the side, I slammed into a large boulder, badly injuring the right side of my pelvis, but I avoided a 600-foot slide while picking up speed toward a complete disaster.
Once my family assessed the extent of my injury, we found a signal on the cell phone, called 911, and the Life Flight helicopter crew was notified. In extreme pain, I knew my injuries were severe, and began to wonder if I would survive before help could reach us. I felt I just might have a chance when I heard the sound of the Life Flight helicopter coming toward us. When visual contact was made, Life Flight dropped a communications radio and proceeded to find a spot to land. My husband Jack reflected, "The crew took over and was very respectful of our family."
At the St. Patrick Hospital Emergency Department, I was evaluated by the trauma specialists and the Life Flight fixed wing plane immediately flew me to Salt Lake City. My family and I have high praise for the rescue and the treatment in the Emergency Department, and I know Life Flight saved my life. Today, I'm doing well, still on the mend, and our family plans to hike Trapper Peak this summer.
I hope you make a donation toward this wonderful program. Your donation to the St. Patrick Hospital Life Flight program will help to ensure rescue teams will be available with the latest safety equipment and technology.
On behalf of myself and my family, thank you for your generous donations.
Life Flight has been in operation for 31 years and offers rotor wing, fixed wing and ground transport for adult and pediatric medical and trauma patients. All of the Life Flight nurses have either an Advanced Critical Care or Emergency Certification, and all Life Flight Paramedics are Critical Care Paramedics.
Life Flight is located on the secured top floor of St. Patrick Hospital. The crew of a pilot, flight paramedic and flight nurse work in 24-hour shifts and are equipped with full living quarters. During the entire 24-hour shift, the crew remains dressed in their medical flight suits, ready to take off in the American Eurocopter AS350 AStar parked on top of a landing pad marked by a giant green shamrock. In addition to keeping the helicopter within walking distance, the crew also maintains and operates a fixed wing airplane and a ground ambulance.
Within five minutes of receiving a 911 dispatch call, the crew is airborne in search for the people needing help. Both the helicopter and fixed-wing are used on more than 300 calls each year. Life Flight has developed into an essential program in Western Montana responding to 911 emergencies. The fixed wing airplane, the unrecognized workhorse of the Life Flight program, transports nearly 370 patients in more than 720 flight hours to and from destinations across the northwestern United States.
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