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Gundersen permanently adds second MedLink chopper

Two helicopters will be based in Sparta, Decorah

Second MedLink Helicopter Permanently Added

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Gundersen Health System is permanently expanding the size of its MedLink Air fleet.

The medical center added a second MedLink helicopter on a trial basis back in June, but was recently approved to add the second helicopter on a permanent basis.

MedLink will now have both helicopters available to transport patients on a 24-7 basis.

Program director Stephanie Hill says the two helicopters won't be based in La Crosse, but in the outer edges of the area instead.

"We went out to Decorah and Sparta after taking a look at where our requests were coming the last five years and put our selves closer to them, so we have a drastically decreased transport time and can get the patients to the care they need a lot faster," said Hill.

Hill says part of the reason none of the helicopters will be based in La Crosse is because ground transportation is more efficient in the city, and they don't transport as many patients out of the hospital to other locations. 


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