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North Memorial Resumes Medical Helicopter Operations After Fatal Crash

BRAINERD, MN — North Memorial Health resumed air care operations Friday, July 12, ending a voluntary cessation of operations after the June 28 helicopter crash in Brainerd.


As reported by the Brainerd Dispatch, “We are taking an incremental and measured approach to resuming operations one base at a time until all seven bases across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin are operational,” North Memorial Health officials said in a statement released Friday morning.

“We expect all bases to be in service as of July 19. This phased approach is in the best interest of our team members, hospital partners and communities we serve.”

North Memorial Health Air Care has bases in Brainerd, Bemidji, Princeton, Redwood Falls and Lakeville. North Memorial owns two hospitals in the Twin Cities metro area, including North Memorial Level 1 Medical Center in Robbinsdale, and has ground ambulance stations in Brainerd, Brooklyn Center and other cities throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.


The June 28 crash at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport killed pilot Tim McDonald, of Bloomington, and flight nurse Deb Schott, of Lester Prairie. Flight paramedic Josh Duda was critically injured.


“North Memorial Health is so grateful for the support the community and our EMS partners from across the region have provided to the family, friends and colleagues of Deb Schott, Tim McDonald and Josh Duda,” Friday’s news release said.


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