LIFE FORCE Evacuates NICU Patient From Savannah

Friday, September 8, 2017

Just as it stood ready to provide medical care to victims of Hurricane Harvey, Erlanger Health System is now participating in relief efforts resulting from Hurricane Irma and a potentially devastating impact on the Georgia coast.

As the closest and specialized team for Neonatal Intensive Care transport, Erlanger’s air medical service, LIFE FORCE, was requested by the Georgia Office of Emergency Management to provide transport for a NICU baby treated at Memorial University Health Center in Savannah, Ga.

The baby was transported to Emory University Hospital Midtown on Friday and will remain at the Atlanta-based hospital until it is safe to return to Savannah, Ga. The child’s parents will also stay in Atlanta during treatment.

Erlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, said, “Once again Erlanger is honored and proud to be part of this relief effort on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Irma.  We are here not only to serve our own community, but those throughout our nation in times of need.”   

Erlanger’s LIFE FORCE team deployed to Houston, Tx., in response to Hurricane Harvey where they provided over 100 critical patient transports before being demobilized yesterday evening. Now as they return home, another LIFE FORCE crew stands on alert and ready to mobilize in response to Hurricane Irma.


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