University Med Center Unveils Newest Chopper

You’ll see a new helicopter in the northeast Missouri skies from time to time:

The newest helicopter in University Hospital’s Staff for Life fleet went into service yesterday morning. Officials say the McDonnell Douglas MD902 is equipped with the latest medical equipment, including in-flight cardiac monitoring, mobile blood testing and ultrasound, as well as state-of-the-art aviation equipment, including night vision and autopilot for the helicopter pilots.
The new black-and-gold helicopter was on public view at a reception yesterday celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Staff for Life Helicopter Service at University Hospital.

University Hospital’s helicopter service was mid-Missouri’s first air ambulance, providing immediate medical care and rapid transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Since the first flight in November of 1982, the helicopter service has flown approximately 30,000 patient missions.