1-Jul-2013 Source: Castleview Hospital
Beginning Monday, June 10th, travelers on Highway 6 noticed a brand new helicopter proudly positioned on the helipad at Castleview Hospital [in Price, Utah Ed.]. The helicopter is operated by Eagle Air Med and will provide the city of Price and the surrounding area with an added resource for emergency response and quick patient transportation.
The aircraft will be capable of assisting local first-responders, EMS, fire, and law-enforcement by responding to motor vehicle accidents, industry related injuries, and any other scene response needs as well as helipad-to-helipad patient transportation. The capabilities of this helicopter are a perfect fit for the altitude and terrain of the region. The same model of aircraft achieved a world record when a standard production helicopter landed on the top of Mount Everest in 2005.
Eagle Air Med is excited to begin responding to emergency needs and transporting patients from Price as well as Central and Eastern Utah. “The B3e is a reliable and safe aircraft and we have taken our time in hiring and training the very best flight personnel for this program,” said Mike Brown, Eagle Air Med’s Program Director.
“We have worked hard for the last couple years to evaluate and find a partner to provide these services for the hospital and the community as a whole,” said Castleview Hospital CEO, Mark Holyoak. “The purpose of having full-time air transport services available is another way in which we meet our mission of “Making Our Community Healthier. With Eagle Air now based here on our helipad, we will be able to eliminate the response time when the service is necessary. This will come in as a significant benefit especially with multiple trauma cases, acute stroke, and acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) patients when time savings is critical. I look forward to this being a successful partnership for many years to come. I have been impressed with Eagle Air as they have strived to hire staff that have local ties so that we can build a partnership relationship with them that will benefit the patients. They have also done a great job “shopping locally” with the purchase and furnishings of their new home for the staff which is located just over a minute from the helipad.”
HeliHub.com editor note – the helicopter is currently at the hospital during the day and at the Carbon County Airport at night. The helicopter involved is N852MB – serial 7278