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Christina Chavira
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christina.chavira@enloe.org

 

 

FlightCare’s Take Flight campaign supports funding of new helicopter

 

 

CHICO, Calif., Aug. 16, 2012 – The Enloe Flight Care air ambulance service, serving Butte and the surrounding counties for 27 years, is seeking community support for a new campaign that will help fund the next generation of air ambulance equipment to replace the existing aircraft. The “Take Flight” campaign has so far received enthusiastic support.

Enloe FlightCare plans to purchase an EC 130 B4 Eco-Star helicopter. The Eco-Star’s advantages over the current aircraft include improved safety features, a larger cabin interior, allowing better access to patients and the use of additional equipment, greatly improved air conditioning for patient care and comfort and reduced noise.

The Enloe Foundation has committed $1 million to the project and anticipates proceeds from the sale of the existing helicopter to be $1.5 million. The goal is to raise the remaining $1 million, necessary to complete the purchase, from generous donors and Enloe supporters.

The first significant gift was received from community members Tom and Sue Dauterman, said Jolene Francis, the Enloe Foundation’s Advancement Director. Donations have also come from the 13 Take Flight campaign’s volunteer committee members, who coordinate the fundraising effort with the Enloe Foundation, and Enloe’s seven senior managers. FlightCare staff committed to a combined gift of $25,000, and contributions continue to come in from many other Enloe employees.

The Take Flight campaign is co-chaired by Scott Chalmers, an active supporter of the Chico community for many years, and Mark Kimmelshue, from Durham, who works in the California Rice Industry and also volunteers his time to the Enloe Foundation Board of Directors and other community organizations.

“The community can be proud to support the only hospital-owned and -operated medical helicopter program in California,” Kimmelshue said. “Enloe Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center, a stroke receiving center and a STEMI (heart attack) receiving center. All of these are time-critical emergencies in which a helicopter can play a vital role.”

Enloe’s current helicopter is 12 years old. “It’s still in very good shape, but within the next year, it will have to go through a major inspection that would take it out of service for three to four months,” said Marty Marshall, pilot, director of Emergency Services and Take Flight committee member. “We think the time is right to replace it and take advantage of state-of-the-art technology in a new helicopter.”

Tax deductible gifts are payable to: Enloe Foundation FlightCare Campaign, 249 W. 6th Ave.,
Chico, CA 95926. For more information, visit www.enloe.org/foundation and see our fast facts on FlightCare, the helicopter and the decision to upgrade.

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org.   Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.

 

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org.   Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.

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