Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) proudly debuted the new Phelps Air Program during an open house on Tuesday, April 25, in front of the Delbert Day Cancer Research Center. The star of the open house was a fully-equipped medical helicopter that will service Rolla and the surrounding areas.

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) proudly debuted the new Phelps Air Program during an open house on Tuesday, April 25, in front of the Delbert Day Cancer Research Center. The star of the open house was a fully-equipped medical helicopter that will service Rolla and the surrounding areas. PCRMC employees and members of the Chamber of Commerce gathered outside the hospital for a ribbon cutting prior to the open house. PCRMC is partnering with Air Methods and the company’s pilots dedicated for the PCRMC service also made an appearance.

Community members and hospital employees had the chance to get an inside look of the helicopter that will be improving emergency care around the county. Attendees were able to see the emergency equipment filling almost every corner of the helicopter and greet the staff prepared to use it all to save lives.

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Keri Brookshire-Heavin attended the ribbon cutting and open house to make her remarks about the new service and partnership.

“We are extremely honored to be able to offer this service here in Rolla and to our surrounding communities,” said Keri. “The new aircraft will help address a growing need for emergency care services in this area.” Keri said it is always a benefit anytime patients who need critical care can be taken quickly and safely to their destination.

“By having a helicopter stationed here at PCRMC, the transition and continuity of care becomes more seamless and smoother for the patient,” she said. The new service is expected to provide better safety outcomes, according to Keri.

“We may not think that we or our family and friends may ever need to use a service like this,” she said, “but it is comforting knowing that the Phelps Air helicopter service is available if that time were to ever come.”

Keri also assured attendees the new Phelps Air helicopter has the latest in aviation safety and medical equipment, keeping members of the community in caring hands.

Keri was joined by Ed Clayton, CEO of PCRMC, who said the new service is part of PCRMC’s ongoing effort to provide top-quality healthcare to the community.

“It’s always an exciting time when we can add a new service at PCRMC,” he said. “This will be a remarkable asset to our community.” Ed also explained that Air Methods has already been a working partner with PCRMC, providing staff members to help prepare patients for transport.

“Now an Air Methods flight crew will be the ones responsible for getting our patients to the care they need in the safest and most timely manner.”

The new helicopter service will start on May 1, according to Ed Clayton. The helicopter crew, made up of trained pilots, flight nurses and flight paramedics, will be stationed on site 24 hours a day. The machine will also be kept in operation by a designated maintenance crew.

“PCRMC is dedicated to giving you the best care possible,” said Ed Clayton. “Phelps Air is a testament to our continuing pursuit toward that goal.”