Updated October 28
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A new all-in-one hub for emergency medical response by ground and air has opened in Howell, Mich., allowing crews from the University of Michigan Health System’s Survival Flight program and Livingston County EMS to work together to give patients faster, more coordinated care than ever before.
The public can tour the new headquarters, called the Livingston County Public Safety Complex, during an Open House on Friday, Nov. 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The free, family-friendly event will feature a 3 p.m. ribbon cutting, tours, refreshments, a chance to see aircraft and ambulances up close, and activities. It will occur rain or shine.
The front entrance of the new Livingston County Public Safety Complex, home to one Survival Flight helicopter, the Survival Flight jet, and Livingston County EMS.
The complex is at 1911 Tooley Rd. in Howell, adjacent to the runways of the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport. Overflow parking and a parking shuttle will be available at the airport.
The 77,000-square-foot space includes crew headquarters for both Survival Flight and EMS, meeting space, hangar space for the maize-and-blue Survival Flight helicopter and fixed-wing jet aircraft, and an ambulance garage.
Survival Flight has based a helicopter and crew out of the airport around the clock since 2004, giving rapid access to fly to mid- and northern Michigan and beyond.
This complements the helicopter that is stationed at the main U-M Health System medical campus in Ann Arbor. Survival Flight and its partner Pentastar Aviation maintain a total of three specially outfitted EC155 helicopters, to ensure that two are in service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The new Survival Flight hangar in Howell has room for one of three U-M medical helicopters, and the Cessna Citation medical jet that was formerly based at another airport.
The move of Survival Flight’s Cessna Citation Encore jet from its previous location in Waterford to the new base in Howell means that transfers of patients from the jet to a helicopter or ambulance, and then to the hospital, will happen much faster.
The jet is used when patients need to come from further away than the helicopters’ 350-nautical-mile flight radius – as far away as the Caribbean and Mexico.
Survival Flight provides air medical services for the U-M Health System’s three hospitals, the Michigan hospitals of Trinity Health, and the Sparrow Health System.
For more information on the Nov. 1 Open House, visit www.survivalflight.com or call Livingston County EMS at 517-546-6220.