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08/26/2020

HealthNet Aeromedical Services Celebrates New Aircraft, Improved Services to Patients in Southern West Virginia

HealthNet Aeromedical Services Celebrates New Aircraft, Improved Services to Patients in Southern West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – HealthNet Aeromedical Services and Charleston Area Medical Center celebrated the addition of a new helicopter dedicated to better serving patients in Southern West Virginia and beyond.

The new EC145e helicopter is equipped with the latest aviation and medical technology. Its large airframe allows the space needed for complex specialty transports that require additional medical specialists and equipment on board the aircraft.

"The addition of this helicopter in Southern West Virginia will serve to enhance the delivery of critical care transport services across the region. Without a doubt, it's size, power, safety features, and overall mission-focused capabilities will save lives,” said Clinton Burley, president and CEO of HealthNet Aeromedical Services.

Charleston Area Medical Center made the $7.3 million commitment to purchasing the helicopter to replace the current EC135 aircraft serving HealthNet Aeromedical Services’ Beckley, West Virginia base.

“For 34 years, CAMC has been proud to be part of the state’s largest air ambulance system,” said Jeff Sandene, CAMC Executive Vice President and CFO. “Through technology with telemedicine to critical care air transport, CAMC is able to access communities in central and southern West Virginia to preserve and increase access to health care.”

Senator Shelley Moore Capito joined program leaders and long-serving Flight Paramedic Tom Reed to cut the ribbon to officially dedicate the aircraft.

“Coronavirus has underscored how important our health is," Senator Shelley Moore Capito said. “Services made possible by this new helicopter will only expand the world-class service CAMC and HealthNet Aeromedical Services bring to more rural areas of our state. I know this new addition to the fleet will go a long way in improving the quality and efficiency of the care being offered.” 

The EC145e joins HealthNet Aeromedical Services’ current Airbus-exclusive fleet, consisting of one EC145s, five EC135s, and four EC130s.

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