New Hangar for OSF Healthcare
Written by Braden Fogerson on September 10, 2021
Photo Courtesy of OSF Health
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-OSF Healthcare welcomed their new hangar at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington.
Community members gathered last week for a ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony. The hangar will help OSF Healthcare reach people within the community quicker.
“Being in the communities that we serve allows us to get to our patients quicker, and get them to definitive care quicker,” said Vice President of OSF Aviation Kathy DeVine. “The farther out into the communities you are, the quicker you can get to your patients . . . it saves time . . . but it also allows us to extend even past Bloomington.”
DeVine added that OSF can now reach as far as Gibson City or Danville because of this new location.
This hangar helps give extra space for the four helicopters currently used by OSF Life Flight. The team includes pilots, flight nurses, flight paramedics, flight communication specialists, mechanics and other support personnel.
The OSF Life Flight may be requested by physicians, hospital personnel, emergency medical services, fire personnel, police, emergency management agencies and 911 dispatch centers.