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and the fastest possible trans- portation can rest assured know- ing that Mercy Air Care (MAC) will continue as a regional asset. Since the service was founded in May of 1987, Mercy Air Care has logged more than 8,300 medical flights.

The Mercy Air Care team is comprised of four experienced pilots, two mechanics and 10 full-time medical personnel, including five flight nurses who are RNs with emergency/critical care experience and five para- medics who are certified in advanced cardiac life support and trauma care. Med-Trans is replacing the current aviation partner but will be retaining the name of the flight program (Mercy Air Care) as well as the well-trained employees that make up the Mercy Air Care flight team.

While familiar faces and highly skilled clinical care remains consistent, the Mercy Air Care program will further enhance its excellent safety record with a factory new air- craft, Night Vision Goggle (NVG) technology for the entire

crew, and state-of-the-art avia- tion safety aids through the partnership with Med-Trans Corp. “We are very happy to be associated with Mercy Air Care and to be a part of their ongoing commitment of serving critical patients in need of air medical transport. This will be a mutu- ally beneficial partnership and Mercy Air Care will continue on as a regional asset,” stated Fred Buttrell, President/CEO of Med-Trans Corp. “They were looking for cre- ative solutions moving forward with their flight program. We were able to offer them a cus- tomized solution to meet their needs as well as world-class cus- tomer service, which is critical in establishing and building strong relationships. We are very excit- ed about this partnership and the future of Mercy Air Care.” “Since we first launched the

Mercy Air Care service twenty- four years ago, we have had the privilege of serving patients in scores of communities through- out Siouxland,” said Mercy President and CEO Bob

Peebles. “When a crisis calls for a patient to be brought to Mercy, it is a comforting to know that we have world class responders heading to the scene in a state-of-the-art aircraft. Mercy Medical Center is proud to begin this new relationship with Med-Trans as we continue to solidify our position as the region’s only Level-II Trauma Center.” Mercy Air Care’s brand new EC 135 helicopter will take flight on February 1st and critical air

transport services will be unin- terrupted. This technologically advanced helicopter combines a wide, unobstructed cabin with a Fenestron® tail rotor and bear- ing less main rotor for excellent performance, range and payload capacity – along with low-noise operation and multi-mission capability. Oversized sliding side doors and rear clamshell doors enable fast loading and unloading of patients and equipment. ◆

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