Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulances and related services, is extending its temporary critical-care land ambulance base at Chatham-Kent EMS until March 2021. The announcement comes as Ornge looks to increase its resources in the region, especially as it accelerates its response to COVID-19.
As Chatham-Kent EMS General Manager Donald MacLellan said in an interview with the Chatham-Daily News: “Overall, from a partnership perspective, having the Ornge team in our headquarters, temporarily, has helped build relationships. As a service, we have certainly seen the benefit, because historically those land transports would have been assigned to a Chatham-Kent EMS unit.”
The Ornge critical care land ambulance system allows for patients to be safely transported by specialized critical care paramedics, without the need to bring along doctors, nurses or reparatory therapists from the hospital. Its success in dealing with increased call volumes, increasing capacity for its fleet of air ambulances and meeting the demands of COVID-19 has the Ornge leadership team and health officials looking ahead beyond next March and considering making the Chatham-Kent base permanent.