Mission Health hosts U.S. Rep. Mark MeadowsExplains need for third MAMA helicopter
ASHEVILLE – Mission Health hosted U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows Wednesday at the hub of one of the most important healthcare services in the 11th Congressional District, the Asheville Command Center for Mission Health’s MAMA helicopters.
Meadows toured the command center, located on Ridgefield Court, and was briefed on the significant need for a third aircraft to serve the region. The two MAMA air ambulances, based in Franklin and Asheville, serve Meadows’ entire district and make more than 90 flights per month.
“The number of calls for MAMA services has risen as a result of an increase in the growing aging population and more visitors in western North Carolina,” said Sonya Greck, Chief Operating Officer of Mission Hospital, flagship hospital of Mission Health. “In 2012, more than 150 flight requests could not be met because both emergency aircrafts were already at emergency scenes.”
“The severe current budget constraints at Mission Health will make it hard to put a third helicopter in service in the near future,” said Susan Odom, Director of Emergency Services at Mission Health. “Our goal is to provide world-class care to every individual in western North Carolina. We have a phenomenal resource in the MAMA program, but unfortunately, we are not able to meet the need of our growing region right now.”
The Mission Healthcare Foundation has already started a campaign to raise a minimum of $2 million to help expand the program, update the Franklin-based aircraft and build hangars at various locations in the region. However, federal help is still needed to attain Mission Health’s goals for the MAMA program.
“We appreciate your help to advocate for federal funds to assist Mission Health in meeting this increased demand in your district,” Odom told the Representative. “With your help, we will be one step closer to achieving our BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family.”