(Neb)-Air Link Adding Fixed-Wing Aircraft
SCOTTSBLUFF - Regional West Health Services, the parent of Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, is expanding its Air Link helicopter ambulance service to include fixed wing aircraft.
Hospital President and CEO John Mentgen says the partnership with Med-Trans Corp, a leading air medical company with an operations center at the Western Nebraska Regional AIrport in Scottsbluff, creates a comprehensive air ambulance transport system.
Mentgen says a fixed wing aircraft has a much longer range and bigger payload than the Air Link helicopter and can fly during weather the helicopter can't - all factors that are serious issues in the wide open spaces of western Nebraska. He thinks adding the fixed wing option is a solid addition to an already reliable, quality air ambulance service.
The airplane will be based at Western Nebraska Regional Airport while the Air Link helicopter will continue to be based at the Regional West campus as it has been since the program began in late 1995.
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