Tuesday, April 22, 2014
New Ambulances Serve the Alexian Brothers Community
NEW Ambulances Serve the Alexian Brothers Community
(Arlington Heights, IL) -- Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) recently unveiled two ambulances branded with the Health System’s logo that are dedicated to providing transportation solely for ABHS patients. Moreover, they are being used to help educate the public on emergency medical services and what happens inside an ambulance.
ABHS worked with longtime partner Superior Air Ground Ambulance Service of Elmhurst to commit the ambulances to provide patient transport on two occasions: 1) when hospitalized patients need to safely travel between hospitals for testing or procedures; 2) when individuals are being transferred to or from a long term care facility. One ambulance resides at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, and one at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, ready to be dispatched at a moment’s notice. Each is emblazoned with the ABHS logo and its message “Our Passion is Powerful Medicine”. Superior’s professional staff ensure high quality medical care during transport.
At the opening of the Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital in April 2013, a Superior ambulance was on hand to provide “tours” to members of the community, giving thousands of people the chance to see its equipment and amenities. Due to this overwhelming response, the new branded ambulances will make appearances at various community events, such as the Elk Grove Farmer’s Market, health and safety fairs and area park district activities. “To give residents, especially children, a glimpse inside an ambulance takes some of the fear out of being taken to the hospital,” says Sara Odland-Beyna, ABHS Director of Community Relations. “Usually all that kids see are the red flashing lights and the accelerated speed which can be very alarming, so a chance to visit one up close makes them realize it’s not so scary, and that ambulances are really helpful in taking care of people.” Children may be surprised to see that a trip to the emergency room may include watching a DVD while holding a teddy bear to help them distract.
According to Mary Franco, Superior’s Vice President, the ambulance service has been the Health System’s preferred provider for more than 15 years. “As our relationship with ABHS has grown over the years, and as healthcare keeps changing, we want to be innovative in working with our partners,” she says. Providing dedicated, branded ambulance service, staffed by Superior’s professionals, is one such innovation. “Superior has a history of delivering exceptional, mission-driven service and support to the community,” says Tracy Rogers, ABHS Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with organizations that share our passion for extraordinary care.”