Sanford Health launches new air ambulances
Sanford Health’s newest air
ambulances entered service over the weekend. The three Eurocopter EC145s cost
around $7.2 million each.
Sanford Health also has a Bell 230 helicopter and four Beechcraft King Air B200 air
ambulances, they are based in Sioux
Falls. SD, Fargo, ND and Bemidji,
“Helicopter air ambulances
provide fast, safe transport services from the scene of accidents anywhere from
farmsteads to roadside accident scenes across the Midwest
and beyond,” says Tim Meyer, Sanford Health director for emergency air transport.
“These helicopters feature night vision, a 30-second start up and shutdown time
and a wheeled patient stretcher. They really offer the latest in emergency
Sanford Air Ambulance teams
served approximately 3,000 patients by helicopter or fixed-wing in 2011.
“As we continue to grow
together, we are always improving the technology and equipment available for
patients across our footprint and beyond,” said Mike Christianson, Sanford
Health director of aviation. “We couldn’t be more excited about this step in
improving care for our patients.”