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      Marquette General Hospital adding air ambulance service

      Marquette General Hospital will be adding an air ambulance service in affiliation with Valley Med Flight, Inc.

      Officials say that the new helicopter will be stationed in Escanaba and will provide 24/7 air ambulance support for residents of the Upper Peninsula.

      Marquette General CEO Ed Banos said, "Our primary concern as a regional medical center is providing excellent care to our patients and having an air ambulance is going to advance the health and safety of our patients to the next level."

      The helicopter will be capable of assisting EMS, fire and law-enforcement by rapidly responding to scenes as well as providing helipad-to-helipad patient transportation.

      Clinical director of Cardiac Imaging Robert Kroll stated, "Medical transportations that once took a few hours, will now take only minutes. And time is vital when it comes to heart care."

      Valley Med is the sole owner of the medical transport business and MGH will be acting as a Valley Med emergency transport affiliate location. Valley Med Flight also has a fixed-wing air medical base in Iron Mountain.