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  • Grand Landings Celebrate Arrival of Life Flight Helicopter Service in Southern Utah
    by Terri Draper, Contributor
    Published - 12/29/10 - 03:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    New Agusta Grand SP life flight helicopter based at Dixie Regional Medical Center. (File photo)
    New Agusta Grand SP life flight helicopter based at Dixie Regional Medical Center. (File photo)
    (St. George, UT) - Intermountain Life Flight will begin providing helicopter service for medical transport in southern Utah starting January 14, 2011. Life Flight has based fixed wing airplane services in St. George for 20 years. The addition of helicopter transport means patients in remote locations can now receive critical care services more quickly. Time saved means lives and/or quality of life saved.

    Several Life Flight Grand Landings are scheduled in celebation throughout southern Utah: January 5 at 11:00AM at Garfield Memorial Hospital and 2:00PM at Valley View Medical Center; January 6 at 2:00PM at Kane County Hospital; January 10 at 2:00PM at Beaver Valley Hospital; January 11 at 10:00AM (PST) at Mesa View Regional Hospital; and January 12 at 2:45PM as a part of the grand opening ceremonies for the new St. George Municipal Airport. The public is invited to attend, meet the Life Flight crew, and enjoy refreshments.

    Each Life Flight helicopter, sometimes referred to as "airborne intensifive-care", is well-equipped to deal with almost any emergency from accidents to heart attacks, premature labor to remote-terrain rescues. Dr. Kim Rowland, medical director for Life Flight in Intermountain Healthcare’s southwest region, says the most important life-saving equipment on-board will be Life Flight’s crews.

    “It takes a special kind of person with special training to be a Life Flight crew member,” he said of the men and women who hold up under the stress of life-and-death situations day-in and day-out and routinely put their own lives at risk to save those of others. Life Flight pilots are unlike many commercial pilots in that they have a great deal of experience in landing zones other than those at airports and helipads. “They have training in how to deal with diverse geographic features as well as in flying at very high and very low altitudes. And while we are careful about sending Life Flight into dangerous conditions, our pilots still need to know how to deal with some adverse weather.”

    The new Agusta helicopter based at Dixie Regional Medical Center has been delivered for assembly and certification in Philadelphia. Once it is certified ready for use, it will replace the initial helicopter, on loan from Salt Lake City's Life Flight base. More than $2.3 million of the $7.6 million cost of the new helicopter has been funded from community philanthropy. Intermountain Life Flight is grateful for this tremendous community support.
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