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King's Daughters' Air Ambulance Eclipses 100 Flights

Air AmbulanceASHLAND, KY — Patients from remote counties throughout the Tri-State are receiving life saving cardiac and vascular interventions faster than ever, thanks to King’s Daughters’ air ambulance program.

In its first five months, the air ambulance has transported more than 100 patients. The bright red helicopter has flown cardiac patients and critically ill patients to KDMC. Traveling at speeds surpassing 135 miles per hour, the air ambulance rushes patients to KDMC for interventional cardiology procedures (such as catheterizations, angioplasty), heart surgery or aneurysm repair.

“For some emergency cardiac patients, a long ambulance ride is not recommended,” says emergency physician Clay Young, M.D., who serves as medical director for the air ambulance program. “The air ambulance rushes patients to King’s Daughters three times as fast as ground transport. It’s been a lifesaver, especially for patients in rural areas.”

Dr. Young adds the air ambulance has flown as many as five patients a day from any of 15 medical facilities throughout the region, including an Ohio hospital that is more than 136 miles away from KDMC.

The air ambulance project is a partnership between KDMC and C.J. Systems Aviation Group, who offers service locally as MedFlight of Eastern Kentucky. C.J. Systems is a leading provider of air medical services in the U.S., operating a fleet of approximately 120 aircraft.

To learn more about KDMC’s air ambulance, please visit

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