Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New med-evac helicopter flies from St. Vincent.(Business Outlook)

Byline: Gary E. Salazar Journal Staff Writer

SANTA FE -- Air Life Flight is now offering emergency helicopter service to northern New Mexico and portions of southern Colorado by partnering with St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.

"As the message gets out that we are here, more people are going to know about us. This is going to save lives," said William Ashcroft, president of Air Life Flight.

The company has been working with St. Vincent Hospital to provide the service. More than 120 requests from northern New Mexico for medical air transport went unanswered in 2001, largely because no aircraft was available, the hospital said.

Ashcroft and two other investors bought a $3 million helicopter, a Eurocopter Dauphin, about two months ago. …

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