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Forum staff reports, Published May 09 2013

Sanford AirMed expands to Bismarck area

BISMARCK – The Bismarck region of Sanford Health soon will operate Sanford AirMed, an air ambulance helicopter service that provides medical transport to critically ill or injured patients.

Sanford AirMed operates a fleet of four helicopters and four airplanes from bases in Bismarck, Fargo, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Bemidji, Minn.

With a communications center in Sioux Falls, Sanford AirMed will be able to launch a helicopter within 10 minutes of accepting the flight from the referring hospital or first responder unit.

Service is expected to be operational in mid- to late June and typically will serve patients within central and western North Dakota, as well as parts of South Dakota and Montana.