STARS air ambulance continues to grow as a vital link in Manitoba’s emergency response system, and Steinbach remains one of the communities to which the not-for-profit helicopter EMS service flies the most. STARS carried out 50 missions to Steinbach during the 2020-21 fiscal year, up from 33 the year before. About half of these missions were scene calls, and the other half were inter-hospital transfers.
Even though Steinbach is located so close to Winnipeg, STARS flies inter-facility transfers from the community for three reasons: time, tools and talent.
It takes the STARS helicopter about 17 minutes to fly to Steinbach and 17 minutes to fly back to Winnipeg – a significant time savings when every second counts.
En route to the city, patients can receive vital diagnostics and interventions thanks to leading-edge medical tools on-board the aircraft.
When a critically ill or injured patient travels to Winnipeg via ground ambulance, it may be necessary for an emergency doctor or nurse to accompany the patient for the transport, leaving the local ER short-staffed. The talented STARS flight nurses and paramedics have specialized training to provide world-class critical care for these very sick patients, freeing up local ER doctors and nurses to stay in the community to help others in need.
STARS is a charitable organization that exists thanks to a community-partnered model comprising government funding, community fundraising, individual donations and corporate support. Please consider contributing to STARS to ensure the life-saving service can continue to help those living, working and playing in Steinbach and across Manitoba for generations to come.
For further information, contact:
Donor Relations, Development and Community Engagement Officer
155 West Hangar Road
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3Z1