The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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September 18, 2012

Flight for Life base opens at PRMC

PALESTINE — Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler has placed a new Flight for Life base at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

According to officials, the new medical helicopter base brings an extended reach to patients of both hospitals.

“Nothing has changed in regard to our program, who flies our helicopter or the leadership of Flight For Life. What has changed is that Trinity Mother Frances has grown to a regional hub for  advanced care,” said Mark Anderson, MD, medical director of Flight For Life and MFH-Tyler’s Emergency Care Center. “The new Flight For Life Base in Palestine enables us to extend our reach to our patients. We elected to place it there because there is a need.”

The base, located at Palestine Regional Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Center campus, also serves as a station for Palestine Regional Emergency Medical Services 911 EMS Responder for Anderson County.

The facility includes covered parking for the fleet of ambulances and living quarters for the responders when on duty, but not on call.

The Flight For Life helicopter joined the station on Sept. 1. The two response teams will share some common spaces, including the kitchen and training rooms and have separate resting quarters for responder staff.

“The arrangement is mutually beneficial,” PRMC CEO Alan George said. “The benefit to PRMC is access to readily available flight transport for patients who might require relocation. Trinity Mother Frances benefits by having a station in Anderson County and expanding its outreach service area.”

Officials with PRMC said the new addition would not affect other emergency transport services that Palestine Regional Medical Center has in place, rather it complements them.

Palestine Regional Medical Center continues to strive to better meet the needs of its patients and the community at large, George said.

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