Several months of planning and work came to fruition Friday when Air Evac Lifeteam officially opened it's Henryetta base.
The new facility provides a permanent base for a medical helicopter staff to transport critically ill and injured patients to advanced treatment in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Included in the operation will be a 15-member staff of pilots and emergency medical personnel, hangar facility for the $1 million state-of-the-art helicopter and crew quarters. It is built just north and east of the Hillcrest Henryetta hospital.
Hospital administrator Dee Renshaw said the hospital has been a partner with Air Evac for over 12 years. "We knew them as clinical partners but never knew them as a company like we do today."
He praised the company for being, "generous, agreeable and aggressively active," in making the facility possible.
He said the hospital still has plans to expand its emergency department and praised the hospital authority for its oversight of the funds.
Seth Myers, Air Evac Lifeteam president, said there are 14 similar bases around the nation and thanked the community for participating in the opening of the facility. He said the entire community is required to make the facility possible.
The ribbon cutting ceremony included Air Evac officers as well as hospital board members and hospital staff.
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