October 21, 2005

Friends’ gift revs up patient transport options at VCH

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The ambulance donated by the Friends of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt contains state-of-the-art emergency equipment.

The Friends of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt have helped make available a new, state-of-the-art ambulance loaded with the latest technology to transport Middle Tennessee patients to and from Vanderbilt.

The Friends donated $168,000 toward the purchase of the $243,000 ambulance to add to the Vanderbilt LifeFlight Critical Care Transport fleet.

"It is large enough to transport two patients, pediatric or adult, with the highest safety-standards for construction of these vehicles in the industry," said Jeanne Yeatman, R.N., director of LifeFlight. "This is an important tool to save lives in our region and we are very grateful to the Friends for helping to make it a reality."

The top-of-the-line equipment that fills the ambulance was paid for by a grant from Rutherford County's Christy-Houston Foundation. A dedication celebration was held earlier this week at a meeting of the Williamson County Friends at the home of Edy & Kent Simpkins.