Michigan Medicine rolls out $10M air ambulance

Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine hospital on June 1 introduced a new $10 million airplane for use in the health system's emergency air medical services, according to The Daily Michigan.

Michigan Medicine launched its air lift program, called Survival Flight, 35 years ago. The program staffs around 60 hospital employees, including nurses, pilots and mechanics.

The new Learjet 75 plane replaced a plane they used for 17 years. This jet includes wider door frames and a specialized interior, featuring multiple equipment mounts that makes monitoring patient vitals easier for flight nurses. Due to the size of the plane, multiple teams are also able to fit inside at once.

"We are just very fortunate that the health system recognizes safety and the ability to care for the complex patients that are brought here and they give us the tools to do the job that we need to do," Denise Landis, Survival Flight clinical director, told The Daily Michigan.

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