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Cabell and Healthnet showcase new, improved helicopter

Published 12:00am Sunday, March 31, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Cabell Huntington Hospital and HealthNet Aeromedical Services have unveiled a new aircraft with features to enhance the care for patients who are transported to and from the hospital by air.

The new helicopter is a Eurocopter EC-130 that includes more space for patient care and the latest technology to aid flight nurses and crew members.

“The new EC-130 helicopters add a new dimension to HealthNet’s legacy of service to the region,” said Clinton Burley, president and chief executive officer of HealthNet Aeromedical Services. “They offer increased room for patient care and equipment, a lower noise signature and enhanced safety features. This is a strong demonstration of Cabell Huntington Hospital’s commitment to HealthNet Aeromedical Services and its mission to serve those who are critically ill or injured.”

Cabell Huntington Hospital and HealthNet have a longstanding partnership that began in the 1980s and continues to benefit patients of all ages.

“HealthNet has been providing safe transport and lifesaving care to our patients since their first helicopter was based at Cabell Huntington Hospital in 1987,” said Brent Marsteller, president and chief executive officer of Cabell Huntington Hospital. “This new aircraft provides us with an enhanced level of service for our patients, and it is evidence of the strong working partnership Cabell Huntington Hospital has maintained with HealthNet as we have grown together over the years.”

HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1986 and has safely completed more than 70,000 patient missions. Headquartered in Charleston, W.Va., HealthNet operates eight helicopter bases located in Morgantown, Ripley, Hamlin, Beckley, Buckhannon and Martinsburg, W.Va.; Portsmouth; and Martin County, Ky. Air service is supported by strategically placed ground transport assets.

Sponsor hospitals of the HealthNet system include Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston and West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown.

Cabell Huntington Hospital is a 303-bed academic medical center located in Huntington. Cabell Huntington cares for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. Opened in 1956, it is a teaching hospital and is affiliated with Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

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