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AIR METHODS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL AIR MEDICAL AIRPLANE CONTRACT WITH P/SL SWEDISH HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS OF DENVER

 DENVER, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Methods Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: AIRM), the nation's largest exclusive provider of air medical systems and services, today announced it has been awarded an additional, multiyear, air medical services contract with P/SL Swedish Health Care Systems Inc. of Denver. Through this additional, second contract, the company will offer pilots, mechanics, support staff and services necessary to fly a medically equipped Beechcraft King Air 200 and a Learjet backup aircraft to be operated by Air Methods Corp.
 The company has served P/SL Healthcare Systems Inc. for more than 10 years under an existing multiyear helicopter medical transport agreement employing one Bell LongRanger helicopter and one Bell 222UT helicopter. Through a recent merger with Swedish Medical Center of Denver, P/SL has combined assets of two large health care systems, now representing the largest provider of health care systems in a seven- state Rocky Mountain region. AirLife currently serves approximately 80,000 square miles in its service area and transports nearly 1,400 acute care patients each year. The program serves more than 1.5 million people residing within the several metropolitan counties in the AirLife service area. AirLife serves the Aurora Presbyterian Hospital in Aurora, Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver and Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo.
 Air Methods Corp. is the largest exclusive provider of state-of-the- art emergency air medical transportation systems and services to hospitals in North America. Air Methods now serves 54 hospitals in 14 states under 23 dedicated long-term operating agreements throughout America and will shortly begin providing similar emergency air medical services throughout Mexico, as previously announced. The company utilizes only Instrument Flight Rule (IFR)-certified pilots and aircraft, including 30 helicopters and 12 airplanes, to perform these services. In addition, Air Methods offers completely integrated airborne medical systems for administering intensive care to patients while flying to a trauma center or a tertiary care facility, either from outlying hospitals or the scene of an accident.
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 /CONTACT: W. Terrance Schreier, chairman & CEO of Air Methods, 303-790-0587; or Malcolm McGuire of CCRI Corp., 800-828-0406/
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CO: Air Methods Corp.; P/SL Swedish Health Care Systems Inc. ST: Colorado IN: AIR HEA SU: CON

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