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Written by Darci Tomky   

Memberships give residents peace of mind

Time can be crucial in a life-threatening medical emergency, and an air ambulance service can be especially crucial for residents living in rural northeast Colorado.

Patients with life- or limb-threatening emergencies will be transported to the best medical center for their emergency, which can include Level I and II trauma centers in Greeley, Loveland and Denver. And depending on how time sensitive the emergency is, a helicopter ride could be the best form of transportation.

In January 2014, North Colorado Med Evac added a third helicopter to their program, based out of the Colorado Plains Regional Airport in Akron. Two additional bases are located in Greeley and Boulder.

Melissa Memorial Hospital Administrator John Ayoub said the Akron helicopter is “a great security blanket.” Having a closer starting location to Holyoke shaves off about 30 minutes, he said.

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A North Colorado Med Evac helicopter in Akron, added in January 2014, saves time when transporting patients from Holyoke to the Front Range. It is part of the AirMedCare Network, which has memberships available to save costs on unexpected emergencies.

Holyoke Enterprise November 20, 2014