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Palmyra resumes helicopter transport

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Palmyra Medical Center will provide helicopter medical services to patients and both hospitals in Albany.  

One of the helicopters from the Air Evac Medical Services of Cordele landed and took off Wednesday from the new landing pad behind the Palmyra Medical Center.

Palmyra closed their helicopter air service in 2001 because they built their new medical building on it.

Their new landing pad is ready, allowing medical helicopters to land there, saving minutes having to transport patients to the airport. 

"Can cut down on transport time from the hospitals, both Palmyra and Phoebe," said Palmyra CEO Mark Rader. "So we are very pleased that we can come together as a community to offer a service that will benefit patients."

Medical experts say that the first hour after a trauma are the golden hour, and that every minute getting to the hospital could be the difference between life and death.

So Palmyra officials hope this closer helicopter landing pad could provide those valuable minutes to more patients.

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