The new Castleview Hospital Helicopter, operated by Eagle Air Med takes off for a lap around Helper and Price. The aircraft will stay in Price, providing Castleview patients with immediate air transportation to specialists and larger hospitals along the Wasatch Front.
The view from Castleview's new chopper as it ascends toward Helper.
The Castle Country stretching southwest from U.S. Highway 6 near Price as seen from Castleview's new medical transport helicopter.
Beginning in June, travelers on Highway 6 will noticed a brand new helicopter positioned on the helipad at Castleview Hospital. The chopper is operated by Eagle Air Med and will provide Price and the surrounding area with an added resource for emergency response and quick patient transportation.
The aircraft will be capable of assisting local first-responders, Emergency Medical Services, fire, and law-enforcement by responding to motor vehicle accidents, industry related injuries and any other response needs as well as helipad-to-helipad patient transportation.
The capabilities of this helicopter are a perfect fit for the altitude and terrain of the region, according to hospital officials. The same model of aircraft achieved a world record when a standard production helicopter landed on the top of Mount Everest in 2005.
"Eagle Air Med is excited to begin responding to emergency needs and transporting patients from Price as well as Central and Eastern Utah," said Mike Brown, Eagle Air Med's Program Director. "The B3e is a reliable and safe aircraft and we have taken our time in hiring and training the very best flight personnel for this program."
For Castleview Hospital, the air service provides additional resources for the larger coverage area.
"We have worked hard for the last couple years to evaluate and find a partner to provide these services for the hospital and the community as a whole," said Castleview Hospital CEO, Mark Holyoak. "The purpose of having full-time air transport services available is another way in which we meet our mission of "Making Our Community Healthier. With Eagle Air now based here on our helipad, we will be able to eliminate the response time when the service is necessary. This will come in as a significant benefit especially with acute stroke, and acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) patients when time savings is critical. I look forward to this being a successful partnership for many years to come." The copter is also great for helping trauma patients who are in bad shape, by allowing their fast transport to Wasatch Front hospitals. However it was pointed out that Castleview is applying to be a first class trauma center, and that applications should be approved soon.
To showcase thier new helicopter, Castleview hosted an Open House on June 19. In addition to food and education, the community event allowed several attendents to be taken up in the new craft for unique look at Carbon County.