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Flight crew makes PR stop at Melissa Memorial PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

A medical flight crew with North Colorado Medical Center stopped at Melissa Memorial Hospital with their North Colorado Med Evac helicopter Monday, March 5. Pictured above, from left, are MMH radiology employee Linda Nevins, flight nurses Jennifer Losh and Michelle Shaffer and MMH trauma coordinator Marcia Mankin, R.N. (partially hidden). Below, Losh demonstrates how they load patients into the small and compact helicopter cockpit.

The crew was making a swing around hospitals in northeast Colorado and southwest Nebraska to speak with employees and to answer questions about the service, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. When helicopters normally pick up patients, there isn’t time to sit and chat about the service. These PR stops let employees find out a little more about the teams they work with.

Med Evac operates two helicopters—available 24 hours a day, seven days a week—to provide fast transport and quick care to trauma victims, individuals experiencing severe medical emergencies and high-risk obstetrical patients who need immediate, specialized care. One helicopter is stationed in Greeley while the other is in Erie. Pilot Rick Rhoden said the usual flight time from Greeley to Holyoke is 50 minutes. Flight crews for emergencies consist of a pilot, RN and a paramedic.  —Enterprise photos

Holyoke Enterprise March 8, 2012