(Clarinda, IA) – Five years ago this month, Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) and LifeNet/Air Methods partnered together to base Southwest Iowa’s only air ambulance at Clarinda Regional Health Center. The Clarinda-based air ambulance serves an initial area within a 40-mile radius of Clarinda and has the ability to transport patients to medical centers in Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines, and St. Joseph, Missouri. This includes a 15-county region surrounding Clarinda to include the Iowa hospital communities of Atlantic, Corning, Creston, Mount Ayr, Red Oak, Shenandoah and Missouri hospital communities of Fairfax and Maryville. Outlying areas also utilize this service for on-scene emergency calls. The air ambulance operates 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.
CRHC CEO Chris Stipe stated the benefits of a regional air ambulance program would be noticeable for area residents and they truly are. “When minutes have mattered for cardiac events, brain injuries or other traumatic medical emergencies, the benefit from having a regionally-based air ambulance service has been invaluable.”
The Clarinda-based service has been a win-win for patients in Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri. Clarinda is geographically located between Omaha, Des Moines and St. Joseph, Missouri, so from a flight time scenario CRHC and LifeNet/Air Methods felt this was an opportunity to serve this region better. This regional service has dramatically decreased response times to local hospitals and has truly saved lives.
LifeNet/Air Methods will celebrate their 5-year anniversary this Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 along with the CRHC staff at a reception in the hospital cafeteria.