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Sanford Health Gets A Helicopter

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North Dakota is now the most dangerous place to work in the nation.

That, added with more people moving to the state, means medical services can get pretty tied down.

Sanford Health is helping the growing need, and reaching out to patients by air.

<<From the outside it looks like a fun ride, but on the inside, this Sanford Helicopter will offer fast trauma care for western North Dakota.

"Trauma is all about time and air medical allows us to get to folks in a timely matter and support those resources that are on the ground, because many people know the ambulance and EMS services are pretty stretched in western North Dakota, so anything we can do to cut down the transport time is just golden," Sanford CEO Craig Lambrecht said.

But this helicopter isn't new to the air, before flying to Bismarck, the Sanford in Sioux Falls used it for more than a decade.

"They've been using it since 1999 it's been in service and now it's being placed in Bismarck to serve this region," Lead Flight Paramedic Adam Parker said.

The ride might be a few years old, but the equipment inside is state of the art.

"The flight team consists of a highly trained pilot, experienced flight paramedic and flight nurse," Parker said.

With the state's growing population, this is just one way Sanford is able to reach out to those growing communities.

"There's definitely an influx of people into western North Dakota and that does definitely make a need for more air transport to centers such as Bismarck," Parker said.

"This is really a way to reach out and impact communities in ways we haven't been able to impact them with the delivery of additional healthcare services," Lambrecht said.

The chopper's first flight on the job, will be next month.

Before receiving the helicopter, Sanford and St. Alexius had a joint contract with Angel Air Care to transport patients by air.

Sanford's new helicopter will take patients to other hospitals besides Sanford, either the patients primary hospital or one that is closest.

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