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METRO LIFE FLIGHT LAUNCHES 24-HOUR SERVICE FROM METROHEALTH SAINT LUKE'S SOLON CENTER

 CLEVELAND, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A Metro Life Flight helicopter and crew are now permanently based at MetroHealth Saint Luke's Emergency Center of Solon to provide air medical transport around the clock to southeast Cuyahoga and surrounding counties.
 Flight crew quarters recently were completed at the center at 33001 Solon Road. They can accommodate a full crew of two pilots, a nurse and a physician on each shift. A new helipad opened last September, when the emergency center celebrated its 10th anniversary.
 Mechanics based at the Solon facility will perform routine maintenance on the aircraft. Major mechanical work will continue to be done at Burke Lakefront Airport.
 Metro Life Flight has never before permanently stationed a helicopter or crew away from MetroHealth Medical Center, which has been home to the transport service since flights began in 1982. Figures from the Solon area supported the need for a community-based site, said Mary Jane Klempay, administrative director of Metro Life Flight.
 The Solon aircraft will serve an area loosely defined as southeast Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Trumbull, Stark and southwest Ashtabula counties.
 Metro Life Flight's communications center at the medical center will continue to handle all requests for transport and dispatch of all helicopters, including the Solon aircraft.
 The country's second-busiest emergency air transport system, Metro Life Flight serves Ohio, neighboring states and Canada. It is part of The MetroHealth System, one of Ohio's largest, most comprehensive health care systems. In addition to MetroHealth Medical Center, the system includes MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center, MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation, MetroHealth Center for Skilled Nursing Care and MetroHealth Clement Center for Family Care.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Pederson of The MetroHealth System, 216-459-3699/


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