Shelter partners with Valley Med Flight

ESCANABA — The Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba is partnering with Valley Med Flight during the flight program’s membership campaign that will benefit both the shelter and the Valley Med Flight. The local medical air-flight service is a branch of AirMedCare Network, which currently has 320 bases in 38 states across the United States.

According to Carrie Bartel, membership sales manager for the local branch of AirMedCare Network, the partnership with the local non-profit was spurred to help boost membership numbers locally, while also finding a way to give back to a non-profit.

With the crew of the Valley Med Flight being animal lovers, Bartel said the partnership with the animal shelter became a win-win situation for both parties.

Bartel explained that when residents sign-up to be a member through the Delta Animal Shelter, the resident gets $10 off their membership fee, and in turn, the animal shelter receives a $10 donation.

“It’s a great opportunity to help promote membership and give back to the shelter,” said Bartel.

In addition to helping the animal shelter, having a membership with the medical flight program could ultimately save someone tens of thousands of dollars in the event that they had to use the flight services, noted Bartel.

The membership to the AirMedCare Network covers anyone in a person’s household, explained Bartel.

Medical flight services include landing right on the scene of an accident to take someone to a hospital and hospital-to-hospital transfers including to Marquette, Green Bay or Ann Arbor.

“It’s a very important program,” said Bartel.

Susan Gartland, shelter manager, said the shelter staff are excited to a part of this unique partnership, adding any employee at the shelter are trained to be able to answer basic questions about Valley Med Flight.

Gartland explained the emergency flight service is currently being utilized by .08 percent of the rural population in the U.P. The service receives about 50 calls a month, added Gartland.

By partnering, Gartland said she hopes to raise more awareness for the flights and also the animals in need at the shelter.

“It’s great our animals benefit,” said Gartland, adding the campaign and discounts is an ongoing program.

For more information regarding signing up for the program, contact the Delta Animal Shelter at 789-0230 or Bartel at (906) 241-3855.