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Spirit 2 Medical Helicopter Back in Service

Ascension Wisconsin
The replacement Airbus Helicopter from Air Methods on the landing pad at Howard Young Medical Center.

The Spirit 2 medical helicopter is now back in service for northern Wisconsin.

Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport has resumed its air medical transport services from its Woodruff Base at Howard Young Medical Center. A temporary replacement Airbus Helicopter arrived at the Woodruff base last week and work on a permanent replacement aircraft is ongoing.

The move comes a month after services were suspended following the tragic crash of Spirit 2 in the Town of Hazelhurst that killed three. Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport has been serving the region with Spirit 1 based at the Stevens Point Airport and its ground units located at Ascension facilities.

System Director of Medical Transport Services for Ascension Wisconsin Ted Ryan said it is an important step in their recovery process and demonstrates the skill and professionalism of our air medical transport teams.

As of last week, the Howard Young Foundation Helping Hands' fund to benefit the families of the Spirit team affected by this tragedy has totaled more than $105,000. 100% will go to the affected families. To donate, visit the foundation's website: http://www.howardyoungfoundation.org

Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport annually provides approximately 3,500 ground transfers, 550 air transports and 650 paramedic intercepts across the system.

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