MedFlight has relocated one of its mobile intensive-care unit bases to Akron from Wooster.
The high-tech ambulance and its staff are based in a former ambulance company location on North Broadway, said Cheryl Shoop, base director of MedFlight 16.
The nonprofit transportation group is affiliated with Akron General Medical Center, as well as OhioHealth and Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University in Columbus.
MedFlight moved the base last week to meet a growing need for transport services to Akron General from its satellite emergency departments in Bath Township, Green and Stow, Shoop said.
Akron General Health System also owns Lodi Community Hospital.
“We welcome MedFlight’s mobile intensive care unit base to Akron and look forward to working even more with their critical care teams,” Akron General spokesman Jim Gosky said. “Patient volumes throughout our five area emergency departments continue to grow, and with the recent addition of our latest emergency department in the city of Green, the need to quickly transfer the most critically ill patients from our satellites to Akron General Medical Center becomes even more paramount.”
The transport service also is available for other hospitals throughout the region that need to transport critically ill patients, Stoop said.
Akron-based MedFlight 16 is an ICU on wheels that can be used to transport patients with critical illnesses from smaller community hospitals to larger medical facilities.
The staff can transport patients with critical heart attacks, low blood pressure, sepsis, strokes, aneurysms and other life-or-death situations in which intensive care is required on the way to the hospital, Shoop said.
The unit is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily by a critical-?care nurse, paramedic and driver. About 15 crew members are based in the new Akron location.
Along with ground transport services, MedFlight operates medical helicopter services based at eight locations throughout Ohio, including in Coshocton, Galion and New Philadelphia to serve northern Ohio.
MedFlight is hosting an open house with tours and refreshments at the new base from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.
Doctor gets role
A Hartville family medicine doctor recently was elected to a leadership role in the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Jon C. Seager is serving as president-elect for 2012-13 of the professional association, which has more than 4,300 members.
Seager is a physician at Hartville Family Practice. He also is a clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.
Seager has held several positions on the state group’s executive committee, including vice speaker, vice president and treasurer.
He earned his medical degree from Ohio State University and completed his residency in 2002 at Summa Barberton Hospital (then known as Barberton Citizens Hospital).
Free grief support
Akron General’s Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service Center for Loss and Hope is offering a free eight-week grief series beginning Sept. 6.
The Growing Through Grief series will take place 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley.
Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, ext. 4662.
Cheryl Powell can be reached at 330-996-3902 or email@example.com. Follow Powell on Twitter at twitter.com/abjcherylpowell.