Cabell Huntington Hospital and HealthNet Aeromedical Services today unveiled a new aircraft with features to enhance the care of patients who are transported to and from the hospital by air. The new helicopter is a Eurocopter EC-130 that includes more space for patient care and the latest technology to aid flight nurses and crew members.
“The new EC-130 helicopters add a new dimension to HealthNet's legacy of service to the region,” said Clinton Burley, President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthNet Aeromedical Services. “They offer increased room for patient care and equipment, a lower noise signature and enhanced safety features. This is a strong demonstration of Cabell Huntington Hospital's commitment to HealthNet Aeromedical Services and its mission to serve those who are critically ill or injured.”
Cabell Huntington Hospital and HealthNet have a longstanding partnership that began in the 1980s and continues to benefit patients of all ages.
“HealthNet has been providing safe transport and lifesaving care to our patients since their first helicopter was based at Cabell Huntington Hospital in 1987,” said Brent Marsteller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cabell Huntington Hospital. “This new aircraft provides us with an enhanced level of service for our patients, and it is evidence of the strong working partnership Cabell Huntington Hospital has maintained with HealthNet as we have grown together over the years.”
HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1986 and has safely completed more than 70,000 patient missions. Headquartered in Charleston, W.Va., HealthNet operates eight helicopter bases located in Morgantown, Ripley, Hamlin, Beckley, Buckhannon and Martinsburg, W.Va.; Portsmouth, Ohio; and Martin County, Ky. Sponsor hospitals of the HealthNet system include Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston and West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown.