Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC), Mercy Medical Center Des Moines, and Air Methods are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Mercy One-Clarinda medical helicopter service on Tuesday, October 15th. The occassion will be celebrated with an open house held at the crew quarters behind the CRHC main building from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Cake and beverages will be served and drawings and door prizes will be held.
The Mercy One-Clarinda medical helicopter service is an extension of the Mercy One air ambulance program operated by Mercy Medical Center Des Moines and Air Methods of Colorado. The Mercy One-Clarinda crew consists of 4 full-time pilots, 11 registered nurses and paramedics and 1 full-time mechanic. Like all Clarinda Regional Health Center EMS personnel, the Mercy One-Clarinda team is experienced in trauma, cardiac, and critical care.
Chris Stipe, CRHC CEO, can’t stress enough what this service has meant to southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. “The Mercy One-Clarinda medical helicopter program has had a dramatic impact on access to critical care services in the region. It’s a great partnership between Clarinda Regional Health Center and our area hospitals and EMS programs.”
According to Mercy One-Clarinda officials, the service is averaging nearly one flight per day. The service has a home base in Clarinda and is dispatched through the Air Methods national communications center in Omaha or through the Mercy One dispatch center in Des Moines.
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