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Dickinson Helicopter Serves as a New Lifeline

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North Dakota has a medical helicopter in Minot, Fargo, Bismarck, Williston, and now...Dickinson.

Stephanie Scheurer takes us to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Spirit Lifeline helicopter.

Spirit Lifeline, Dickinson's first air medical helicopter has been in service since June 1st.

But the community finally gets to celebrate.

"The patients will get the care they need as quickly as they can and then also that they'll be transported to those areas that can handle the conditions that they have and I think that it'll result in the saving of lives and maybe less debilitating accidents that can happen," says Reed Reyman, President of St. Joseph's Hospital in Dickinson, ND.

Standup: "To be a part of this flight crew, one of the requirements is a minimum of five years of critical care experience."

"The paramedics need street experience. Three plus years critical care, you know high volume service experience," says Jeanette Lyon, Flight Nurse.

Jeanette has been a flight nurse for 26 years.

She's used to the small spaces in this ambulance and refers to it as an ICU in a closet.

Each flight is accompanied by a pilot, registered flight nurse, and paramedic.

This flight crew is on call 24/7 and is stationed at what will soon be the new hospital.

"We sleep there, we eat there, we wait for the pager to go off and we respond as soon as we're needed," says Lyon.

It makes Lifeline a big part of life.. for this crew.

"I love the fact that I can be out here helping this community and provide services that were unavailable to them previously and just be an asset to them I just, I absolutely love the fact that I'm just here to enhance services that are already here. This is a great community, it's a great group of people here that are working here and we're just proud to be here to help them," says Lyon.

The flight crew, along with all those involved in the process of bringing this new helicopter to western North Dakota anticipate a bright future of saving more lives.

In Dickinson, Stephanie Scheurer, KX News.

Spirit Lifeline is working with St. Joseph's Hospital and Health center.

The new helipad is located on the site of the future hospital in west Dickinson.

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