Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque held an open house on Saturday for members of the Dubuque and surrounding communities to see and tour AirCare 3, the state’s newest air ambulance service.
"We are very excited to bring air transport services to Dubuque in partnership with the University of Iowa," said Kay Takes, president of Mercy Medical Center. "The AirCare 3 team will provide timely, life-saving emergency transfers and care at the scene of an accident, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. This new service raises the bar on the quality of emergency medical services in the region."
The AirCare safety crew members were at the open house, providing to visitors information about the helicopter. They described it as a "state of the art ambulance for the air."
"This is like a flying ICU or flying emergency department," said Joshua Stilley, Medical Director for AirCare 3. "The level of care or the capability of the care providers and the equipment on board gives a much higher capability than most ground ambulances are able to provide."
The helicopter has already been in use and has transported one patient. AirCare 3 will be able to quickly respond to flight requests for patients in northeast Iowa, northwest Illinois, and southwest Wisconsin.