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HSHS Holy Family Hospital Hosts Blessing and Ribbon Cutting of HSHS Rescue Flight

Helicopter Blessing(GREENVILLE, IL) – On June 29, HSHS Holy Family Hospital welcomed the addition of another air medical transport for the residents of the Greenville community with a blessing and ribbon cutting for the HSHS Rescue Flight helicopter. Holy Family Hospital presented the event to approximately 50 people, who were able to learn about the new services, meet members of the flight crew and see the helicopter on Holy Family’s helipad.

“HSHS Rescue Flight offers our patients an additional air medical transport option for emergency and inter-facility transfers to those in the region,” said Brian Nall, Chief Operating Officer of HSHS Holy Family Hospital. “Having HSHS Rescue Flights helps us ensure that the region’s residents have access to advanced health care services as soon as possible.”

The event featured speakers from HSHS Southern Illinois Division, HSHS Holy Family Hospital, as well as Air Methods Corporation, the partner company in operation of HSHS Rescue Flight. A blessing for the helicopter and crew was offered by Father Paul Kala of St. Lawrence Catholic Church of Greenville, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony.

HSHS Southern Illinois Division announced the launch of HSHS Rescue Flight on January 25, 2016. The new helicopter also serves HSHS St. Joseph’s Highland, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Belleville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese.

The new helicopter is stationed at St. Joseph’s Highland, just 8-10 minutes by air from Greenville. Minutes saved with the new helicopter service provides opportunities to save heart muscle in cardiac patients and brain tissue in patients with stroke or neurological symptoms. Having a helicopter based in the community also allows for quicker access to care for on scene emergencies and reduces the transport time to a trauma center.

The helicopter base is staffed with four pilots, four paramedics, and four flight nurses, who rotate shifts. The helicopter is staffed with a pilot, paramedic, and flight nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, a maintenance crew for the helicopter is employed.

HSHS Holy Family Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.


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