New lifesaving helicopter flies into southern Illinois

New medical helicopter lands in southern Illinois

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - An open house celebrating a new medical helicopter will be held on Wednesday, March 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

ARCH Air Medical, the medical service for the St. Louis region since 1979, hosted the celebration.

According to a release from ARCH, the new helicopter represents the culmination of several years of work and collaboration between ARCH and Southern Illinois Healthcare.

ARCH said the goal is to, “ bring a helicopter to the region capable of providing services never before offered in Southern Illinois.”

The EC-135 which has dual engine which allows the helicopter the ability to operate in Inclement weather conditions and can carry up to five medical personnel.

According to members of ARCH Air Medical the helicopter can cut the driving time to St. Louis down to 30 minutes, and rivals many hospitals in the medical treatment they are able to administer.

“We can do chest tubes, deliver blood, give multiple medications, that we can transfer from the hospitals and initiate ourselves. That time out of hospital is so drastically different and it brings the critical care medicine faster to the patient,” said flight paramedic Chad Lowe.

The new medical helicopter will be located in Carbondale, in partnership with Southern Illinois Healthcare. It is licensed in and will be serving Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky.

The celebration took place at Southern Illinois Airport Hangar 1 in Murphysboro.

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