Press-Enterprise: Congressman touts benefits of air medical services in tour of Hemet base

By Craig Shultz

Following a two-car crash east of Hemet Monday evening, May 8, a patient was airlifted by Mercy Air to Riverside University Health Services Medical Center for treatment.

Rep Raul Ruiz, D-La Quinta, a former emergency room and emergency flight doctor, wants to ensure that such services continue to be offered.

He visited Mercy Air personnel at Hemet Fire Station 4 on Tuesday, May 9, and promoted the benefits of aeromedical care. The station is adjacent to Hemet Ryan Airport, from where Mercy Air flies.

“This is a very pragmatic need that many people throughout the United States require,” Ruiz said.