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Premier Health Unveils New CareFlight Helicopter

Dayton, Ohio, August 28, 2014 - Premier Health and CareFlight Air and Mobile Services will “christen” its newest helicopter at a special event set for 10:00 am, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Miami Valley Hospital.

The new helicopter is the first operational AS365N3+ Dauphin in the United States, and offers an array of technological advancements that facilitate enhanced flight safety, faster response, and dual patient transportation, among other features, including:

  • 180 mph maximum flight speed (approximately 3 miles-per-minute)
  • four-axis autopilot capability
  • 9480-lb. maximum gross-weight capacity
  • 10,000 climb capability

"Most people don't realize the life-and-death role that emergency medical helicopters play in patient care,” says Jim Pancoast, president and CEO of Premier Health. “In the United States a critically ill or injured patient is airlifted every 90 seconds. During its 30 year history CareFlight has helped to save the life of thousands of patients.”

CareFlight was established in 1983 as the region’s first air medical transport service. Today, CareFlight Air and Mobile is comprised of four Dauphin helicopters; three primary helicopters are in service daily and are located at Miami Valley Hospital, at Warren County Airport and Grimes Field in Urbana. A fourth helicopter is housed at Moraine Air park and is utilized as backup when one of the aircrafts is undergoing maintenance.

In addition to the helicopters, CareFlight is made up of four ground transportation units specially designed to be mobile intensive units or MICU’s.

The CareFlight program serves more than 20 hospitals including the five Premier Health hospitals and more than 300 fire departments and police departments in 17 counties. Since its 1983 inception, CareFlight has completed more than 60,000 flights.

CareFlight's distinctive Dauphin helicopters offer high quality care for the most critically ill or injured patients, with the latest in medical technology and most advanced communication equipment available. CareFlight Air and Mobile operated 24 hours a day.

Parking Instructions

Media representatives planning to cover this event should park in the emergency department (ED) visitor parking lot off Wyoming Street. Please enter the emergency department at the walk-in patient entrance. Miami Valley Hospital staff will be available to assist media personnel to the CareFlight helipad.

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