Mercyhealth is passionate about providing prehospital services and education to improve the health and well-being of our communities. This’s why we offer REACT helicopter transport and MD-1 emergency response programs.
MD-1 emergency response program
Mercyhealth’s MD-1 emergency response program brings hospital-level care directly to the scene of a trauma or medical emergency. MD-1 doctors work alongside first-responders to stabilize patients prior to transfer to an emergency department. This improves patient outcomes, and, in many instances, save lives.
The MD-1 program enhances Mercyhealth’s emergency care services throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
MD-1 contact information for emergency medical professionals
For 24/7 emergency response, MD-1 can be contacted by the dispatch center upon incident commander request at 1.800.MD.REACT.
MD-1 only responds upon formal request of an authorized emergency service. MD-1 will respond automatically as determined by the on-call physician with EMS agencies under Mercyhealth medical direction.
Agencies not under our medical direction will need to formally request a response. Agencies and patients are not billed for our services.
Each MD-1 is a certified emergency vehicle equipped with:
- Emergency lighting and siren
- Public safety radios
- Maps and GPS navigation
- Personal protective equipment
- Extrication equipment
- Rehab supplies
- LUCAS 2 mechanical (hands-free) CPR device
- Zoll X Series monitor/defibrillator
- Glidescope video intubation unit
- Medications with secure storage
- Chest tubes
- Field amputation equipment
- Triage kit
- Comfort items for patients and EMS crews
Staffed by residency trained emergency medicine doctors, MD-1 vehicles are stationed in Rock, Walworth and Winnebago counties. A fourth vehicle is used as a spare and for prolonged incidents.