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Cox Health Dedicates New Air Ambulance Helicopter on Saturday.

Cox Health System will unveil its newest piece of high-tech equipment tomorrow. The 5 point 1 million dollar state-of-the-art air ambulance named "Elsie II" will be available for the public to see between 10 am and 2 pm. People can also visit with pilots, nurses and paramedics as well as hear stories from people whose lives have been saved by Cox's other air ambulance. KSMU's Joe Morgan has more about this million dollar investment.

Cox Health has been using an air car ambulance helicopter since 1989. Starting tomorrow, there will be a new bird in the sky for Cox Health to more adequately serve critically ill and injured patients in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. The new helicopter named "Elsie II" will provide citizens with better more up-to-date healthcare. Director of Corporate Communication for Cox Health, Chris Whitley explains why the new helicopter is more beneficial than the old one.

Whitley says that "Elsie II" also possesses more advanced technology that will speed up services and provide pilots with better travel.

After almost 20 years of using the old helicopter with over 15,000 accident free flights to date, Whitley says this new million dollar investment should also be in service for a long time. He says it's an important upgrade for area healthcare.

Cox Air Care is the only air ambulance program based in Springfield which Whitley says is an even more important reason for a newer more improved helicopter. "Elsie II" will be dedicated tomorrow between 10am and 2pm with the public being invited. Whitley explains what will take place.

Whitley says the entire Cox Health staff is thrilled to have the new air ambulance. He also says "Elsie II" is an improvement that has been long overdue. For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.