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New helicopter expands Shands’ coverage

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ShandsCair, the flight team responsible for transporting critical-condition patients to Shands at the University of Florida, has purchased an EC155 B1 helicopter.

The helicopter cost $13 million. It will be based in Gainesville and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

With the new helicopter, Shands coverage will expand to all of North Central Florida and Southern Georgia.

As well as being more technologically advanced than the hospital’s previous helicopter, the EC155 B1 can hold a bigger crew and transport multiple patients.

Katherine Hahn wrote this story for online. 

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Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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