Intermountain Healthcare unveils jet built to retrieve organs for transplants

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  • comchris South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 4:52 p.m.

    Rocket Science - Just a point of clarification - Every organ is retrieved by a team of surgeons, nurses and others that are headquartered in Salt Lake making this the necessary hub for these flights. The Air Force can't act as FedEx in those circumstances and just swing by and pick up the organ. I share your concerns about costs and unnecessary services and time will tell in this case. I hope that I never need a transplant but I'm glad these services are now more available.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 12:51 p.m.

    While the new jet will fly organs for transplant, it's purchase and use demonstrate big money being spent to buy the jet, pay for fuel & maintenance costs and to employee a team of pilots. Private companies can do this much more efficiently and for less costs than a hospital owning it's own jet can, in most cases available for pickup more quickly than flying a jet from SLC just to get to the city of extraction. Also, the US Air Force offers several fleets of C-21's around the country to fly transplant organs, the AF pilots need hours and they receive "saves" to their credit for flying those missions.

    The 20 people on the waiting list die on the average daily from lack of organs not due to lack of a jet owned by a hospital corp. The key to improving this statistic is not buying a jet but in getting more persons to offer to be donors.

    Medical corporations are often willing to sell patients unnecessary services, is this jet another? In Brigham City, MountainStar spent big dollars on a new addition to the hospital, 2/3's of which have sat empty since February/March. Bigger, newer, fancier don't always equate to better but almost always mean more expensive.