East Coast Helicopter Operations 2016 Critical Care Training Weekend Hosted by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Partnership with Finmeccanica

The East Coast Helicopter Operations’ Critical Care Training event brought more than 200 active flight crew members from around the East Coast to Philadelphia for a medically oriented conference that specializes in critical care, the operations of helicopter units, and collaboration for best practices in the field.

Throughout the weekend of April 1-3, educational sessions were hosted at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and covered topics such as social media for air medical operations, EMS and suicide prevention, a crash course in K9 trauma unit, and panels of experts from Jefferson, Boston MedFlight, University of Maryland Shock Trauma, and Pottstown Medical Center. Saturday’s sessions were followed by an evening tour of Finmeccanica’s Philadelphia helicopter manufacturing and completions facility at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport. A range of AgustaWestland EMS helicopters were on display. Attendees included representatives from Maryland State Police, New Jersey State Police, PennSTAR, Temple University Hospital, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Boston MedFlight, Penn State Hershey LifeLion, and other EMS and airborne law enforcement units.

East Coast Helicopter operations critical care training

About Jefferson

Our newly formed organization, Jefferson, encompasses Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, representing our academic and clinical entities.  Together, the people of Jefferson, 19,000 strong, provide the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educate the health professionals of tomorrow, and discover new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

Jefferson Health comprises five hospitals, 17 outpatient and urgent care locations, as well as physician practices and everywhere we deliver care throughout the city and suburbs across Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pa., and Camden County in New Jersey.  Together, these facilities serve nearly 73,000 inpatients, 239,000 emergency patients and 1.7 million outpatient visits annually.  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia.  Abington Hospital is the largest community teaching hospital in Montgomery or Bucks counties.  Other hospitals include Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia; Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; and Abington-Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. 

Thomas Jefferson University enrolls more than 3,800 future physicians, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health and is home of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

For more information and a complete listing of Jefferson services and locations, visit www.jefferson.edu.


About Finmeccanica Helicopter Division — AgustaWestland Products

Finmeccanica is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defense and Security and Italy’s main industrial company, with additional significant industrial presence in the UK and United States. As a single entity from January 2016, organized into business Divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defense Electronics; Defense Systems; Security & Information Systems), Finmeccanica operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership.

The Helicopter Division manages the design, development, test, production, support and sales of the most complete range of rotary aircraft available for commercial, public utility, security and defense use. The Philadelphia facility represents the division’s industrial presence in the United States and consists of assembly lines for the AW119Kx and AW139 helicopters, with future growth planned surrounding the addition of AW169 and AW609 commercial tiltrotor assembly. The facility is also home to a parts supply depot for the Americas and maintenance and overhaul services for customer aircraft. 

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