Banner Health’s Med Evac air ambulance service celebrates 40th anniversary – Greeley Tribune

Banner Health’s Med Evac air ambulance service is celebrating its 40th anniversary since taking off in 1982.

With helicopters in Greeley, Boulder and Akron, Med Evac – originally known as AirLife of Greeley – provides round-the-clock emergency and medical transport for adult and pediatric patients in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas.

To celebrate the milestone, the Med Evac program will host an anniversary party at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

The service has flown more than 30,000 missions without incident and is nationally recognized for its safety record and commitment to the communities they serve, according to a news release.

(For Banner Health/Greeley Tribune)

Med Evac has rescued patients injured in car accidents, snowmobile rollovers and oil well explosions, as well as heart attacks and strokes in remote locations.

The helicopters can go up to 150 mpg and are equipped with equipment such as ventilators, heart monitors, medical oxygen, IV pumps and medications.

“Providing a safe, rapid and high-quality response is key to helping patients in need,” Med Evac program director Joe Darmofal said in a news release. “And in remote, rural areas where medical facilities may be several hours away by car, we provide an important alternative. We are honored to provide excellent medical care and transportation from our bases in northern Colorado.”

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