The victim was transported by helicopter to UC Medical Center.”
These words are familiar to anyone who watches or reads the news in Greater Cincinnati, and viewers immediately know that the person’s injuries are so serious the expert medical care only available at UC Health is needed.
But for the men and women behind those words, who fly the Air Care helicopter every day to provide life-saving care where it’s needed most, no flight experience is ever the same.
“Clear right and left and above,” the pilot says. “Pulling in power.”
The helicopter’s rotor blades rapidly pick up speed as pilot Bob Francis alerts the crew and expertly lifts the aircraft from the helipad on the roof of UC Medical Center. His head swivels left, right, then repeats before completing the hover checks required to move the aircraft up and forward. Bob adjusts the speaker near his mouth and calmly shares his coordinates and flight plan again with the UC Health Air Care Communications Center. His eyes dart rapidly, scanning the dozens of buttons, levers and gauges that help keep the on-board crew safe in flight.
Today, the crew has been called out to transport a patient from one area hospital to another.