US aeromedical operator Air Evac Lifeteam has announced that its new base in northern Alabama is now in service. A Bell 206 helicopter has been stationed at the facility, located in Athens, and will be providing emergency medical transport services for Limestone County and the surrounding regions.

The base is situated close to Athens-Limestone Hospital, which will expedite patient care. It will be staffed by a team of experienced pilots, flight nurses and flight paramedics, as well as an on-site maintenance technician.

Air Evac operates more than 140 helicopter air ambulance bases across 15 states. Its senior programme director, Debbie Jaggers, said: “We are proud to join the community of Athens and to be located close to our partners in care at Athens-Limestone Hospital. Our dedicated teams look forward to providing access to a higher level of care to patients who have life- or limb-threatening injuries and illnesses.”

Traci Collins, president of Athens-Limestone Hospital, commented: “To have an air medical service available and based in Limestone County is a tremendous benefit for our community.

“For many years, Athens-Limestone Hospital and ALH Emergency Medical Services have worked closely with Air Evac to assist with scene flights and to transfer critical patients. We are excited to welcome them to Athens and look forward to working together to provide excellent care for our patients.”

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