CMH and Mercy Springfield Celebrate 10 Years of Air Ambulance Partnership

Citizens Memorial Hospital and Mercy Springfield are celebrating more than National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week – they are celebrating 10 years of air ambulance partnership.

The two hospitals are hosting a Life Line 10th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, May 23 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in CMH Community Rooms 1 and 2. CMH is located at 1500 N. Oakland, Bolivar. Tours of the helicopter will also be available during the celebration.

On May 1, 2004, CMH and what was then St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, joined together to base an air ambulance helicopter in Bolivar. The motivation was to place the helicopter closer to emergency patients in the field to reduce the time needed in arriving at an accident scene, to start appropriate medical care and to reach a trauma center for ongoing care. Mercy started its Life Line air ambulance program in 1984. It is the most experienced air ambulance service in the region and has the most accident-free air ambulance hours in the region.

The impact of basing Life Line at CMH made it possible for the hospital to expand its service area overnight from a 60-mile radius to a 150-mile radius.

For more information about the Life Line 10th Anniversary Celebration, contact CMH Marketing at 417-328-7245 or

May 21, 2014

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1500 N. Oakland, Bolivar, Missouri 65613