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      Emergency helicopter stationed in Delta County

      Delta County is home to a new helicopter air ambulance. Emergency transportation and services will be available to the entire Upper Peninsula by the independent company, Valley Med Flight. It will be stationed at the Delta County Airport and be utilized by OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group.

      It will be used as an added resource for emergency response teams and provide quick patient transportation. It will be used for patients in need of advanced medical care who would benefit from time saving transportation. It will take under 20 minutes to transfer a patient from OSF to Marquette.

      Each flight will have a nurse and paramedic with advanced training to provide critical care while in flight. The crew will be on call 24/7.

      â??Weâ??re making a huge difference in the community,â?? said Jacob Keller, service director for Valley Med Flight. â??The residents of the U.P. can rest assured that now theyâ??re 100 percent very well covered with this helicopter. Weâ??ll be able to take care of any needs that they may require from us.â??

      According to Valley Med Flight, this will be the first air ambulance helicopter for the Upper Peninsula.

      â??Itâ??s been much needed in the U.P. for a very long time,â?? Keller said.

      OSF is excited to have this new service in the U.P. and based in Delta County.

      â??Expansion of air medical transportation is a tremendous benefit for our community,â?? said Dave Lord, president and CEO of OSF. â??Having ready access to helicopter services will improve odds in the race against time for critically ill patients and those with traumatic injuries.â??

      Valley Flight Med is not new to the U.P. They have been providing fixed-wing air ambulance services from Iron Mountain for years. Owned by Air Medical Resource Group, the national companies transport more than 11,000 patients per year.

      â??We are very excited to be a part of the community,â?? said Shanon Pollock, AMRG vice president of business development. â??Valley Med Flight has established a great reputation for patient care and reliability in this region. It is our goal to expand that care and speed up patient transports with this helicopter.â??

      Pollock said Valley Med Flight works with insurance companies to minimize, or even eliminate, the patientâ??s financial responsibility.

      The helicopter air ambulance services will be available beginning Monday, June 9.