Monroe County is looking into purchasing a third helicopter to add to their Trauma Star service. FL Keys News reports that the two main points of discussion for this decision are whether the privately run LifeNet helicopter ambulance service will renew their contract with Low Keys Medical Centre in March, as cost-per-flight charges have gone up and whether the 2002 Sikorsky S-76 C-Plus helicopter from Arkansas Children’s Hospital will be available.
Trauma Star purchased the same model earlier this year for $2.5 million from Monroe County. It too was used by Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Currently they are using a 1981 Sikorsky which they purchased in 2006, however it’s age is causing maintenance problems and should a new helicopter be bought, the 1981 Sikorsky will be used as a backup. The craft has flown over 2, 400 patients over the years.
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