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“There may be some instances when our Hastings chopper goes to western Nebraska and our North Platte chopper covers this area,” Wessels said. “It all depends on the needs of the patients and the number of calls we get.”

Midwest Medical responded to 30,000 ambulance calls and more than 400 emergency helicopter calls last year across the state.

Wessels said that the company considered several locations including Hastings for the placement of its second helicopter, many of which officials are keeping on their radar for possible future hubs.

However, the company’s good relationships with area medical facilities and the central location of Hastings made the move to the city a sensible choice. Midwest MedAir staff have been making calls to area hospitals and care providers, as well as facilities in western Nebraska, to let them know that the company’s flight services have expanded.

“The more we can interact face to face with area hospitals, the better we will be able to work as a team when we have to care for a patient. We are eager to establish those relationships,” Wessels said.

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Information from: Hastings Tribune, http://www.hastingstribune.com