Arkansas Childrens Hospital purchases two Sikorsky S-76Ds
Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) has signed a contract to purchase two S-76D helicopters for its Angel One intensive care medical transport unit,
The new aircraft will replace the two S-76 helicopters currently flying. The Sikorsky helicopters have been active since 1992.
“When there is an emergency call and a life hangs in the balance, Angel One moves into action. The speed with which we can respond can mean the difference between life and death. With the S-76D helicopter, Angel One has added a critical tool to do an immensely important job. I can tell you that the sound of those rotor blades as the helicopter approaches to pick up a sick child is a sound that many parents tell us they’ll never forget,” said Angel One director Steve Haemmerle.
“Sikorsky Aircraft has a history that was founded on the vision of saving lives through the use of a helicopter, because it can perform in ways that no other aircraft can. The work being done by Arkansas Children’s Hospital with Sikorsky helicopters has proven to be a model program in the United States for specialized infant and pediatric medical care, and is a very real example of Igor Sikorsky’s legacy at work every day,” said Robert Kokorda, Sikorsky vice president of Sales.
“By adding Sikorsky’s newest helicopter, the S-76D, to its fleet, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has given its team a new tool that brings improved speed and performance to the mission, and a greater capacity for continuing to save lives,” Kokorda said.
Sikorsky expects to deliver the new S-76D helicopters to ACH in 2014.