For one week each year, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, becomes the "World's Busiest Airport." In July, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) attracted nearly 600,000 visitors to Oshkosh for its EAA AirVenture event. EAA volunteer physicians treated several hundred attendees for minor injuries and illnesses. The medical volunteer unit also assisted an additional 1,800 attendees for minor health issues and provided bandages and aspirin.
Ascension Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh is the EAA's hospital of choice for its event. The hospital has seen patients from South Africa, Australia, Italy, Brazil, Greece and Canada, and patients ranged in age from 1 month to 101 years old.
Physician volunteers in the past have included Dr. Norm Schroeder, Dennis Laundrie, MD, Jason Foreman, MD, and Melissa Koehler, MD. Connie Campbell, BSN, RN, Patient Access Manager at Ascension Mercy Hospital and Ascension Calumet Hospital, has been the Co-Chair of the Medical Services on the grounds since 1990.
More than 40,000 attendees camped on the grounds, sharing the space with nearly 10,000 planes.
Photo: Troy Evers, RN, ICU, Ascension Mercy Hospital, center, and friends at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.