Fremont Adds Medical Helicopter

Health care is taking to the air in Fremont. LifeNet is teaming up with the Fremont Area Medical Center to provide a lift to emergency medical care.

The aim is to improve the speed of getting critical care to patients. The helicopter and its staff will be on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

News of the arrival from above has landed on Main Street and Nancy Hoshop, the co-owner of a local boutique, says she's happy to see the service touch down.

"I think it's wonderful," she said. "I think it's great news because it will probably save lives, because it's 20 minutes faster than if we have to bring one in from Omaha."

The emergency room in Fremont has seen an increase in traffic over the past two years.

FAMC President and CEO Patrick Booth says, "We've seen 15,000 visits a year in our ER and once a week somebody leaves our ER and is flown out to one of the two great trauma centers in Omaha. This will probably add another four or five trips from the greater Fremont area into Omaha."

Booth believes that most of the people who will use LifeNet into Omaha will come from the smaller communities to the north and west.

The Fremont Area Medical Center is working with LifeNet at no expense to the hospital. FAMC is the only emergency department in Dodge County.


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