Crestline Builds Advanced Neonatal Ambulance

First Of It's Kind in Canada: Neonatal ambulance is ready to serve southern Saskatchewan

Regina, SK - The Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF) and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) unveiled a fully customized, state-of-the-art neonatal ambulance which was made possible by a $350,000 donation in the spring from PotashCorp. Southern Saskatchewan can now offer rapid, specialized care to the province’s youngest patients. The new ambulance was proudly displayed this afternoon at Emergency Medical Services’ (EMS’) Central Operations.

“At PotashCorp, we understand that access to healthcare is important to people across Saskatchewan, particularly those with small children and infants who need medical attention,” said Bill Doyle, President & CEO of PotashCorp. “We hope that our investment in this new ambulance will help those living in rural, remote and First Nations communities rest a little easier, knowing that their children will receive the care they need when they need it.”

Each year, the RQHR’s neonatal transport team carries 60 to 70 at-risk babies to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Regina General Hospital from communities across southern Saskatchewan. After 17 years of service, the previous neonatal ambulance had reached the end of its life expectancy. The new neonatal ambulance will have the capacity to carry two transport incubators, unlike the previous vehicle. Also, a built-in generator will provide emergency auxiliary power in the event of electrical failure; a hydraulic lift will assist paramedics in safely moving patients in and out of ambulance; and a quad-cab medium-duty chassis will help the ambulance be better equipped for winter travel.

“This state-of-the-art ambulance will enable us to provide the best possible care and improve outcomes for these tiny patients,” said Ken Luciak, Director, EMS. “We very much appreciate the donation from PotashCorp.”

“This ambulance is a gift that will keep on giving for a projected 20 years, by providing quality healthcare to newborn babies with complications,” commented Judy Davis, CEO, HRF. “This ambulance wouldn’t have been possible without the major support from PotashCorp. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an enthusiastic corporate partner.”

Sask. Ambulance Unique to Canada Unveiled

Dec. 6, 2011 - It's a state-of-the-art ambulance to keep newborn babies in southern Saskatchewan safe. The Hospitals of Regina Foundation and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region unveiled the new neonatal ambulance on Tuesday in Regina.

Ken Luciak is the director of EMS with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. He says the ambulance, which is the first of its kind in Canada, has many features including an infrared camera.

“The infrared camera is mounted on the hood of the vehicle. What it does is it is able to look down the highway and it can actually see heat signatures emitted by people walking alongside the highway or by deer or moose,” said Luciak.

The ambulance also includes a built-in 4.5-kilowatt generator that can be used in the event of a power failure. It can transport two babies at once and monitor their vital signs while keeping them in a controlled environment. It has the latest technology—including stretchers, radios and a hydraulic lift to move the babies in and out of the vehicle.

It’s also designed to keep travel safer on Saskatchewan roads in winter conditions.

“It makes it safer when dealing with poor weather conditions. It raises our visibility above blowing snow and it’s better if we should have an unfortunate deer strike or moose strike,” said Luciak.

Bill Doyle, the CEO and president of PotashCorp, says it will help rural communties rest easy. "When a child needs medical attention, every second counts and the last thing you should worry about is where you live," he said.

Reported and edited by News Talk Radio's by Karin Yeske.

The new ambulance was proudly unveiled here at the Emergency Medical Services’ (EMS’) Central Operations. Regina, Saskatchewan, Dec.6, 2011.