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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
  • Tourniquets
  • 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.