Banner Health’s Med Evac Air Ambulance Service Celebrates 40th Anniversary – Greeley Tribune

Banner Health’s Med Evac air ambulance service is celebrating its 40th anniversary after its initial launch in 1982, according to a press release.

With helicopters in Greeley, Boulder and Akron, Med Evac – originally known as AirLife of Greeley – provides around-the-clock emergency response and medical transport for adult and pediatric patients in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas.

To celebrate this milestone, the Med Evac program will host a birthday party beginning at 11 a.m. on August 13 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. Everyone is welcome.

The service has flown more than 30,000 missions without incident and has been nationally recognized for its safety record and dedication to the communities it serves, according to the press release.

(Banner Health/For Greeley Tribune)

Med Evac has rescued trauma patients injured in car crashes, snowmobile spins, and oil well explosions, as well as heart attack and stroke victims in remote locations.

Helicopters can go up to 150 mpg and are equipped with equipment such as ventilators, heart monitors, medical oxygen, IV pumps and medication.

“Providing a safe, timely, and high-quality response is critical to helping patients in need,” Med Evac program director Joe Darmofal said in the press release. “And in remote rural areas where medical facilities may be hours away by car, we offer an essential alternative. It was an honor for us to provide excellent medical care and transportation from our bases in northern Colorado.

Alejandro L. Myatt