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AIR METHODS RENEWS AIR MEDICAL TRANSPORT CONTRACT WITH DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER OF BILLINGS, MONT.

 DENVER, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Methods Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: AIRM), the nation's largest exclusive provider of air medical services and systems, today announced the long term renewal of its interim air medical operating agreement with Deaconess Medical Center of Billings, Mont. Through this arrangement, Air Methods will continue operating the DEACARE emergency air medical transport program, utilizing four turbo-prop, medically dedicated airplanes based in Billings.
 In connection with this program, Air Methods will continue to be the FAA-approved Part 135 provider of air medical transport services. DEACARE's air medical transport primary service area extends beyond a 300 mile radius from Billings and includes Northern Wyoming, Eastern Montana and the Western Dakotas. More than 460,000 people reside in DEACARE's service area. Two of the aircraft serve the citizens of Montana, facilitating the air medical transfer of patients from more than 30 health care facilities located throughout the region to Deaconess Medical Center or other specialty hospitals through the United States. Two other airplanes transport physicians who practice in more than 10 different medical specialties to hospitals in Montana in connection with Deaconess Medical Center's outreach program. This program helps fulfill the hospital's mission of providing tertiary services to people residing in rural communities within DEACARE's service area. DEACARE has been successfully providing medical transport services to the citizens of Montana since their inception in 1977.
 Air Methods 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 24-dedicated, long-term operating agreements throughout North America and will shortly begin providing similar emergency air medical services throughout Mexico, as recently announced. The company utilizes only Instrument Flight Rule (IFR)-certified pilots and aircraft, including 31 helicopters and 14 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 of Air Methods, 303-790-0587; or Malcolm E. McGuire of CCRI, 800-828-0406/
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CO: Air Methods Corp.; Deaconess Medical Center ST: Colorado, Montana IN: AIR MTC SU: CON

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