STARS News Release
STARS set to take flight from Regina base
April 11, 2012
Regina, SK, April 11, 2012 -- The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is pleased to announce it will launch its first Saskatchewan base on Monday, April 30 in Regina. Beginning at 12 p.m. (noon), STARS will be ready to provide safe, rapid medical transport for critically ill and injured patients in southern Saskatchewan.
“We're very excited that helicopter air medical service will soon be in place for people across southern Saskatchewan,” Health Minister Don McMorris said. “STARS will give patients another option for specialized care and transport in emergency situations. It will save lives.”
“We’re really pleased with our progress in Saskatchewan,” said Ron Dufresne, vice president STARS Saskatchewan operations. “We will begin flying missions from the Regina base during daylight hours and transition to a 24/7 operation late this summer. Right now, we are looking after the final preparations in order to get ready for the arrival of the BK117 helicopter.”
Dufresne added the support of key partners like ground EMS, dispatch agencies, police, fire and other service providers has been very encouraging. “Everyone is committed to delivering the best emergency care and transport system possible.”
A number of education, outreach and community-based activities are being planned with the STARS helicopter prior to its launch date. These events will be used to help provide information and education about our partnerships in Saskatchewan and the STARS’ specialized emergency medical air ambulance service. Several major donors have provided generous contributions to the STARS Saskatchewan program including lead donor Crescent Point Energy, Mosaic, Potash Corp, Enbridge, Enerplus, Husky Energy and Rawlco Radio. STARS signed a service agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan in April 2011 to provide helicopter air ambulance services from bases in Regina and Saskatoon. The Saskatoon base will open in the fall of 2012.
STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS has flown more than 22,000 missions across Alberta and eastern British Columbia since 1985 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. In 2011 STARS began responding to emergencies in Manitoba from a base located in Winnipeg.
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