Air Methods To Replace STAT Medevac At Robert Packer

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated May 22, 2007 at 6:48 PM EST

A new helicopter could swoop in to save your life.

"It's kind of the hybrid of the ER and the ambulance together in this helicopter," says Martin Delaney of Air Methods.

It's the new Air Methods helicopter, which will be based here at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

The current emergency helicopter service, STAT Medevac, told the hospital it's leaving at the end of May.

Most of the current staff will jump on board with Air Methods when its service takes flight on June 1st.

A service rural areas need to keep.

"To get patients to a trauma center, to a cardiac center in a timely fashion is the best thing for the patients," says Delaney.

"There are calls that I remember in the years before the helicopter was available. You just loaded the patient and drove as fast as you could," says Pamely Mott of Greater Valley Emergency Medical Services.

Greater Valley Emergency Medical Services says in some cases patients are more than 30 miles away from a hospital.

That's when helicopters become a life line.

"Speed is the most important thing for trauma victims," says Mott.

The Air Methods chopper can travel up to speeds of 150 miles an hour.

It will be stocked full of equipment and medicines that aren't available in most ambulances.

Plus, the helicopter will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with pilots, medics and nurses.

Ready to take off at a moment's notice.

STAT Medevac operated out of Robert Packer since 2003.

Air Methods is the largest operator of air medical programs in the world.

Here in the U-S, it operates in 38 states.

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