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Jun 21: Memorial Star Transport - Safer Night Flights for Patients and Crews

Media Advisory

June 21, 2007

Memorial Star helicopter pilots and personnel can now fly safer after dark. The flight crews are now using night vision goggles and technology enabling clearer vision of obstacles and hazards during missions after sundown. The goggles are the latest, state of the art, technology

“Spending $100,000 made perfect sense when you factor in safety for crews and patients,” says Memorial Star Flight Program Manager, Sam Provenza. Provenza adds the night vision technology will help extend emergency care to patients in rural areas and help supplement Memorial Star’s assistance with outlying agencies during fire emergencies or searches for lost individuals.

Memorial Star is a medical team consisting of physicians, neonatal nurse practitioners, critical care nurses, respiratory therapists and critical care paramedics flown by FAA-certified pilots. The Memorial Star helicopter is equipped with a wide range of medical diagnostic and treatment devices and is the only helicopter in Southern Colorado regularly equipped to carry an isolette for neonatal and pediatric transports to Memorial Hospital for Children.

Memorial Star’s around-the-clock service provides the highest level of care in Southern Colorado for adults, at-risk expectant mothers, babies and children who may be flown to the closest, most appropriate facility.

Activation arrangements can be made at 1-800-763-4373.

For more information please contact the Memorial Health System Public Relations Office, (719) 365-5235