Helicopter Hangar

(PUEBLO, COLO.) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center announced today that it will support its Centura Health Flight For Life Colorado transport program and begin construction of a 3,348 square-foot hangar for Lifeguard 4, St. Mary-Corwins dedicated air ambulance serving more than 400 patients each year, on the hospitals main campus. The addition of this hangar will not only protect the helicopter from inclement weather and damaging outdoor conditions, but it allows for the helicopter to be housed onsite at all times, dramatically decreasing crew response times and expediting life-saving care.

The $625,000 all-weather hangar is made possible by generous donations from across the region to the St. Mary-Corwin Health Foundation. The foundation has raised $595,000 to date and will continue to raise funds over the coming months, concluding with a golf tournament on July 11, 2016. H.W. Houston Construction will begin the project later this month. The construction project is expected to be completed by mid-summer.

This hangar will be instrumental for Flight For Life and improve the ability for the crew to respond as quickly as possible to the needs of critically ill or injured patients across Colorado and bordering states, said Jayne Mazur, development officer, St. Mary-Corwin and St. Thomas More Health Foundations. We are grateful for the generosity of the entire Colorado community and the outpouring of support for the nations oldest civilian, hospital-based air ambulance service.

Lifeguard 4 was established at St. Mary-Corwin in 2004 and is currently the only helicopter in the Flight For Life fleet that does not have a hangar nearby. In the winter, the helicopter has previously been housed during storms at an offsite location and the blades must be covered for protection. Preparing for takeoff in those circumstances creates a delay of at least 15 minutes, which in many cases, is critical time when it comes to patient care in urgent medical situations.

Flight For Life crew members on board its helicopters, fixed-wing airplanes and ground ambulances provide critical care transport within Colorado, and across state lines into nine states. This lifesaving air ambulance service has transported more than 114,000 patients in its 43 years of continuous service, and serves all patients in need regardless of their ability to pay or their insurance status.

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