Ladies and gentlemen, meet PANDA One. Michigan's only medical air transport service dedicated to newborns and children will be base will be right here in Flint.

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As part of DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan expanding their specialty services, the PANDA One helicopter will be based out of Flint’s Bishop Airport, making it possible for Children’s Hospital of Michigan to dramatically improve their response times for patients from Genesee and Saginaw counties, and the Thumb region.

“Minutes count when it comes to transporting critically ill children,” said Kathy Donovan CEO of DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan in a press release. “The addition of this asset allows us to better serve our patients, their families and the communities we serve. The commitment of our PANDA One team members to the mission and the community is second to none. I could not be prouder in this moment.”

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The new PANDA One helicopter is joining the ground-based PANDA One ambulance service already in service. The unique helicopter is geared towards that important and crucial care of children just like the ambulance. PANDA One is fully equipped with the most advanced pediatric and neonatal life support technologies, which includes an isolette incubator, which maintains a warm environment and helps protect babies. It is also staffed by a team of specially trained registered nurses and respiratory therapists to respond to any type of medical or traumatic emergency according to the press release.

Photo: Courtesy of DMC

Donavan added that this is just another way to care for the children of our state saying,

“Our mission is to continually work to improve the health and well-being of the children across Michigan. Enhancing the services we offer through the PANDA One transport team allows us to better serve our patients and families.”

Photo: Courtesy of DMC

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