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Mercy Air Med Service Set to Resume

Posted at: 02/05/2013 9:34 PM
Updated at: 02/05/2013 10:14 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- It was just over a month ago that a Mercy medical helicopter crashed north of Clear Lake, killing all three people on board.

And while it won't make it any easier for friends and family to accept the loss of their loved ones, the hospital is ready to get back to business as usual.

Mercy officials announced today that their Air Med program will resume transporting patients on Tuesday, February 12th.

For the past two weeks flight crews have been training on the temporary helicopter that they received January 22nd.

Mercy officials said that while it has been difficult for flight crews to adjust to the loss of their friends and colleagues, they are ready to get back to work.

“They lost some really good friends, but they really have done a great job taking care of each other and knowing that this is really what they need to get back into,” said Patti Peterson, director of emergency services at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa. “This is what they want to do."

Mercy officials said they expect to get their permanent replacement helicopter sometime in early March. They did not know if there will be any interruption in service when they do change over to that new helicopter.

But for now they say they're just happy to get back in the air.