By Linda Comins
HealthNet Aeromedical Services plans to establish a helicopter base in Marshall County by mid-year to serve WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital, officials announced Thursday.
Currently, medical helicopters travel from Morgantown to transport critically ill patients from Reynolds to Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Medicine’s flagship facility.
It takes 18 minutes to transport a patient by helicopter from Glen Dale to Morgantown, Burley said, adding the turnaround time for the helicopter “is typically less than an hour.”
Clinton Burley, president and CEO of HealthNet Aeromedical Services, said it will have a fully equipped avionics suite and a medical flight staff that exceeds national standards. He added every flight will be stocked with two units of blood and a unit of plasma.