AirLife Denver jet to visit Imperial Friday morning
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
One of the two new Lear 31 jets added to Health One’s AirLife Denver medical flight program will be on display at the Imperial airport this Friday, Sept. 25, from 8 to 10 a.m.
The event is open to the public and people are encouraged to stop out and see the new medical jet service being utilized by Chase County Community Hospital.
Bob Green, a flight nurse with AirLife Denver, said people can tour the plane and visit with the nurses and pilots who fly life-saving missions.
Green said the jets are based at Centennial Airport in south Denver.
Once summoned, he said the Lear 31 jet, which cruises at speeds up to 500 mph, can be in Imperial within 25-30 minutes.
When they return to Denver, they are met by a helicopter that completes the transfer to one of the HealthOne facilities.
Green said they can have a patient at a hospital facility in six to seven minutes, compared to a 30-60 ambulance ride in metro traffic.
Trauma and stroke patients are transferred to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood while pediatric, obstetric and neo-natal patients go to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s in Denver.
In addition to the speed advantage, each jet is equipped with state-of-the-art GPS navigation systems, allowing the pilot to land in varying weather conditions and on shorter runways.
The jets are also equipped with high-tech anti-icing systems.
By using a jet for a transfer, there is usually room for a family member to travel with the patient.
Green said the plane will be equipped Friday just as if they were making a transfer.
Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant also utilizes the jet service.
After visiting in Imperial, the jet will be flown to the Grant airport, where it will be displayed from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.