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NHRMC expands AirLink program with second helicopter

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – New Hanover Regional Medical Center has expanded its AirLink program by adding a second helicopter.

This addition will help providers cut response times and deliver critical care and air ambulance services to patients following a traumatic illness or injury. The helicopters are stationed in Onslow and Columbus Counties.

"New Hanover County residents are fortunate to live close to a trauma center. Our VitaLink and EMS crews can get a patient to the hospital within the critical window for care," said Jack Barto, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. "People's lives depend on how quickly they can get to the care they need—whether it's here or another specialized facility outside the region. This dual aircraft model will allow us to save precious time in emergencies when every minute counts."

NHRMC provides the medical crews for the NHRMC AirLink helicopters. Pilots are provided by Air Methods Corporation. The team provides transport services for patients with traumatic injuries, stroke, cardiac events, high-risk obstetrics and pediatric emergencies.

"Because the AirLink helicopter is staffed by medical personnel who receive hundreds of hours of critical care transport training, we can actually begin intensive care for the patient while in flight," says John Popella, Director of Critical Care Transport at NHRMC.

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