Wyandot Memorial Partners with MedFlight
Wyandot Memorial Partners with MedFlight

Wyandot Memorial Partners with MedFlight


MedFlight brought one of its medical helicopters to Wyandot Memorial Hospital recently for the kickoff of the new partnership for improved medical transportation of patients in Wyandot County and surrounding areas. MedFlight Pilot Dave Smith (from left), Paramedic Rich Compton and Nurse Cheryl Shoop joined MedFlight Vice President of Critical Care Services Tara Beebout and MedFlight Regional Director Jim Sheehan for the announcement with WMH leaders Ty Shaull, President and CEO; Angie Harr, Senior Director of Nursing; Matt Mercer, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Nursing Officer and Danielle Pagnard, Emergency Department Director.

Wyandot Memorial Hospital and MedFlight are partnering to improve medical transportation for patients and their caregivers in Wyandot County and the surrounding areas.

The partnership includes transportation via both critical care Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU) and medical helicopter.

“Wyandot has extensive experience with MedFlight for our patient transports,” explained Emergency Department Director Danielle Pagnard. “They’ve proven they’re responsive to our needs, and we share the same priority of ensuring the right emergency care in the right place at the right time.”

Pagnard said the local EMS squads would continue to be the hospital’s first call for out-of-town transports.

“Like many businesses and organizations, we know our local EMS squads are struggling to secure and train people,” she stated. “Their availability for transports is limited, especially evenings, nights and weekends. They will remain our go-to for most facility-to-facility transports if they have staffing, but MedFlight’s ground service is now available to us if needed.”

Pagnard said the agreement between the organizations deems Wyandot as a MedFlight affiliate and includes exploring clinical and patient transport performance transparency and better patient transportation solutions.

“We’re well equipped to provide comprehensive services close to home for individuals with a life-threatening injury or illness,” Pagnard emphasized. “This new partnership empowers us to deliver a high level of care quickly for our patients who need it. Lives may be saved.”

MedFlight is a non-profit air and ground critical care transportation company based in Columbus, Ohio, and completes thousands of critical care transports by helicopter and Mobile Intensive Ground Units each year. MedFlight is made possible by its consortium health systems consisting of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and OhioHealth. MedFlight also has a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and several other non-profit health systems.

“We’re excited and honored to partner with Wyandot Memorial Hospital,” noted Michael Perkins, Chief Operating Officer for MedFlight of Ohio. “They have been a valued partner for many years and this affiliate agreement strengthens and builds upon that relationship. We look forward to being actively engaged with both the hospital and community as we continue to provide innovative critical care transport solutions in the safest and most efficient manner possible.”

MedFlight received the air medical industry’s highest safety award in 2012, was named “Program of the Year” in 2014 and was awarded the highest industry community service award in 2019.

Wyandot Memorial is an independent hospital in Upper Sandusky with local leadership from Crane, Mifflin, Pitt and Salem Townships. The facility is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

For more information about the Emergency Department or the hospital’s affiliation with MedFlight, contact Pagnard at 419-294-4991, extension 2209.