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Canonsburg Hospital Unveils Newest Addition to AHN’s LifeFlight Fleet

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Photo of new LifeFlight Helicopter and Hospital Administration.

WHAT: 
Canonsburg Hospital showcases the new LifeFlight medical helicopter that will be based at the hospital. The newest addition to Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight fleet – and its first Airbus H135 P2+ aircraft – is quieter than the previous equipment that was based at the hospital. It will bear the tail number N978LF to commemorate LifeFlight’s launch in September 1978. 

WHO:
•    Louise Urban, President and CEO, Canonsburg Hospital & Jefferson Hospital
•    Bob McCaughan, Vice President, Prehospital Care Services, Allegheny Health Network
•    Angela Costa, Vice President, Patient Care Services/CNO, Canonsburg Hospital 
•    Matthew Poremba, DO, Medical Director, LifeFlight 
•    Jim Palafoutas, Director of Operations, LifeFlight
•    Mark Frey, Pilot, LifeFlight
•    Kellie Chapman, Flight Nurse, LifeFlight
•    Ryan Traeger, Flight Nurse, LifeFlight
•    Regional public safety officials 

WHEN: 
Thursday, June 1, 2 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: 
Canonsburg Hospital, Helipad

WHY:
AHN’s LifeFlight, the first service of its kind in the eastern United States, has completed more than 70,000 missions in nearly 40 years of flying. Hospital-based air-medical transport programs that first took flight in the late 1970s are credited with significantly improving a critically injured patient’s chance of survival. They provide timely access to specialty life-saving interventions for people suffering from trauma, heart attacks, strokes, and other critical illnesses.
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