Lincoln County Ambulance District and Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., recently announced the opening of a new ARCH Air Medical Service (ARCH) helicopter base in Lincoln County.
The base is just west of the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway E, at Lincoln County Ambulance Base 5.
This opening represents a vital service improvement for residents in surrounding rural areas, working closely with LCAD, Northwest Fire Protection District and all other fire districts in the region.
“LCAD is proud to be able to collaborate with ARCH to bring excellence in patient care when time is critical to a patient’s survival,” Chief Administrator for Lincoln County Ambulance Ray Antonacci said. “We are still a very rural county. The closest Level 1 trauma center at Mercy St. Louis is 45 minutes to an hour away by ground.
“The ARCH helicopter can make that flight from its new base in 25 minutes.”
The addition of the ARCH helicopter brings 24/7/365 air medical staffing for traumatic injuries, heart attacks, strokes, pediatric emergencies and other life-threatening incidents. ARCH also frequently provides critical interfacility transports as area hospitals manage the current surge of COVID-19 cases.
“Our team looks forward to providing vital emergency air medical service to agencies and residents across Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois,” said Paul M. Ross, Jr., ARCH Air Medical regional account executive. “We also greatly appreciate Lincoln County Ambulance District hosting the new base, building on their decades of local EMS service excellence.”
The ARCH Lincoln County Bell 407 helicopter is staffed with industry-leading trauma clinicians and pilots with years of experience in the field and will eventually carry blood and plasma on every flight. Skilled aviation mechanics ensure the aircraft is always safe and mission ready.
“It is exciting to see ARCH continue to grow and serve even more patients in need throughout Missouri and Illinois,” said Jason Hesman, area manager at Air Methods. “Like all our locations, the ARCH Lincoln County base will work in concert with local officials, EMS agencies, fire departments, and hospitals to ensure the community receives the best care available during emergencies.”
LCAD and ARCH are planning an open house later this spring or summer when COVID-19 has been controlled in the region.