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Hospital wants out of Ornge air ambulance service

06/08/2012 08:20 EDT | Updated 08/08/2012 05:12 EDT

The head of Windsor Regional Hospital wants to opt out of using the Ornge air ambulance service and send patients from Windsor, Ont., to Detroit, instead.

"We have, 15 minutes away, tertiary centres in Detroit — some of the finest. Why not allow us to access those and do an audit after the fact on whether we’re abusing it or not?" Musyj said. "Ornge can focus on the rest of the province. We have an opportunity here, and it's a limited amount of cases. We're talking about a finite amount of cases for us to access immediately Detroit and worry about it later."

Ornge transferred patients from Windsor Regional Hospital nine times last year, according to Musyj.

The CEO has also taken the unusual step of asking for an inquest into the death of one of the hospital's patients.

Six-year-old Jamie Lynn Ingham went to the hospital a year ago with meningitis. Doctors in Windsor decided she needed to be transferred to London.

She waited three hours for an Ornge air ambulance that never arrived. She was then transported to Detroit instead. She died two days later.

It turns out Ornge failed to log the request and now hospital CEO David Musyj wants answers.

"We have got to fix the system. We cannot afford the system to continue the way it is because tonight, a month from now, six months from now, we're going to have another patient come into our emergency department that's going to require transportation to another facility, and we cannot afford to have this happen again to anyone's child," he said.

Musyj said if there is any case in the province that cries out for an inquest, it's this one.

Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak also called on the McGuinty government to support a coroner's inquest into the death.

Natyshak said there are questions being raised about the role that Ornge may have played in her death.

Earlier this year, a newborn had to be rushed from Windsor Regional Hospital to a Detroit hospital after an Ornge air ambulance was too slow to respond to a call.

The boy, one of a set of twins, was supposed to have been flown to a London hospital for emergency surgery.

Instead, the doctors had to rush the infant to Detroit when the minutes waiting stretched into more than four hours.

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