1 LifeNet chopper moving from Omaha to Fremont

Article Date: Sep 6, 2013

One of two medical helicopters now based in Omaha will be moved to Fremont to shorten the time it takes to provide care to people in Dodge County and the surrounding area. 

Officials with LifeNet Air Medical Services analyzed patient transport data for the past two years and found the majority originated from the Fremont area, said Chris Burns, regional vice president for Air Methods, LifeNet’s parent company. It made sense, he said, to base a helicopter there. 

“By putting the aircraft where the calls are coming from instead of where the calls are going to, it has a tendency to make us more responsive to the patients,” said Craig Yale, Air Methods’ vice president of corporate development. 

That means the LifeNet crew and helicopter now based at Omaha’s Creighton University Medical Center will be based instead at the Fremont Area Medical Center, 31 miles northwest. The helicopter based at the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in Omaha will remain there. 

Dr. Keith Clancy, medical director of Alegent Creighton Health Creighton University Medical Center’s trauma center, was also quoted in the article discussing the strategic placement of the helicopter. 

Read the full article on Omaha.com.


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