Marquette General Hospital will now be able to take to the skies to provide emergency care in the Upper Peninsula.
Officials announced that a new helicopter is being added to its fleet enabling the hospital to provide ambulance service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The chopper will be stationed in Escanaba and is owned and operated by Valley Med Flight. The North Dakota-based air ambulance service provider currently operates a fixed-wing air medical base in Iron Mountain.
Marquette General CEO Ed Banos says the air ambulance will benefit patients across the U.P. by greatly decreasing response time, as well as providing assistance to local first-responders, EMS, fire and law enforcement.
The helicopter goes into service Monday.