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Air rescue employees speak at Rotary meeting




Tommy Dingus, an employee of Wings Air Rescue, spoke at the Aug. 6 meeting of the Rotary Club of Whitesburg.

Tommy Dingus, an employee of Wings Air Rescue, spoke at the Aug. 6 meeting of the Rotary Club of Whitesburg.

Tommy and Kristi Dingus from the AirMedCare Network, which operates the Wings Air Rescue helicopter ambulance service located in Jenkins, were guest speakers of the Rotary Club of Whitesburg on Aug. 6.

Tommy Dingus, a crewmember of the Wings Air Rescue, informed the club that residents of Letcher and surrounding counties who have had a medical emergency and had to be flown to a trauma center in Lexington or Holston Valley, Tenn., most likely used the Wings Air Rescue service.

Being flown in a helicopter reduces the time to receive definitive care for any medical emergency and can save lives. Kristi Dingus, local membership sales manager, explained how to become a member of this network and avoid the high cost of an air ambulance flight. Individuals with medical insurance, who become a member, will have no out-of-pocket flight expenses as long as they are transported by an air ambulance that is part of the AirMedCare Network and are taken to the closest appropriate medical facility.

The AirMedCare network has over 240 bases with helicopters and/ or airplanes across 32 states. It has highly skilled nurses, medics and pilots available and ready 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. The annual membership premium is $65 per household. If you live in the City of Whitesburg, the annual premium is $35 per year due to the City of Whitesburg’s participation in the Municipal Site Plan, which pays part of the premium.

For more information on this service, or to become a member of AirMedCare, contact Kristi Dingus at (606) 401-3726.

The Rotary Club of Whitesburg meets each Tuesday at noon at Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg.


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