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Medic Chopper Grounded In Streator

Posted by wlpo on September 27, 2010

After less than a year in the air, a medical transport helicopter for St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator is being grounded.

Hospital officials announced late last week that “Saints Flight” will discontinue operations this Friday.  St. Mary’s became the first hospital in the Illinois Valley to have its own helicopter and flight transport team when the helicopter went in service this past January.

The owner of the chopper, Air Methods based in Colorado determined that the number of transports so far with the helicopter makes it unsustainable long-term.

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