St. Mary-Corwin Holds Blessing and Dedication for New Flight For Life Ambulance and Crew

(PUEBLO, COLO.) As we work to fulfill our mission of creating whole person care and flourishing communities, Flight For Life (FFL) Colorado has expanded its base at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center (SMC) to include Advanced Life Support/Basic Life Support ground transport. The ground transport ambulance is in service 12-hours a day and complements the 24-hour critical care air transport helicopter, Lifeguard 4, that has been based at St. Mary-Corwin since 2004. In honor of our Christian faith, SMC held a blessing and dedication of the new FFL ground transport ambulance and crew today at the FFL hangar located just across Lake Ave. from St. Mary-Corwin. The event featured comments from FFL and SMC leadership and a blessing of the crew and ambulance.

This is an exciting opportunity for FFL to provide an ambulance service to a new area. The ambulance responds to requests for transports out of the St. Mary-Corwin Emergency Department, and helps with shuttle transports from Parkview Medical Center’s helipad to its ER as needed. The ambulance will not be used to respond to 911 calls.

The ambulance has the capability to interchange into a critical care transport vehicle for Pueblo-based flight nurses and paramedics when weather or maintenance ground the helicopter. As FFL gains experience with the unit, it will expand to serve patients throughout southern Colorado.

Equipped with the industry's leading technology and an experienced team, FFL transports patients of all ages across several states in the Rocky Mountain Region. With the new ground transport ambulance, FFL Colorado provides critical care transport with seven helicopters, six ambulances and three airplanes operating within a 120-mile radius of five Colorado operations bases.

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About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in women’s services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwin’s expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network. For more information visit St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center or follow us on Twitter @StMaryCorwin and on Facebook.

Media Contact:
Mallory MacFarlane
St. Thomas More Hospital and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Communications Manager
Phone: 719-285-2100
Mobile: 719-453-8000
mallorymacfarlane@centura.org

Jillian Maes
St. Thomas More Hospital and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Marketing Director
Phone: 719-557-3814
Mobile: 719-251-5544
jillianmaes@centura.org

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