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Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced the opening of a new helicopter base in Lincoln County, Missouri, north of St. Louis. The base is part of the Air Methods subsidiary, ARCH Air Medical Service, which has served Missouri and Illinois for more than 40 years. This expansion represents a vital service improvement for residents in surrounding rural areas, working closely with existing local EMS and healthcare providers.
Located one mile west of U.S. 61 on Highway E, at Lincoln County Ambulance District’s Auburn Station 5, ARCH Lincoln County 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,” stated 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.”
Importantly, ARCH and Air Methods do not require patients to purchase memberships for air medical services, unlike other air medical companies.
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.