RMH flies again, but at what cost?

RMH flies again, but at what cost?

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Fly Boy

Connersville, IN

#1 Mar 14, 2013
Once again RMH is hosting a helicopter. So how much tax money is going into it? For some reason the Air Evac Hangar is not large enough or nice enough so RMH is using our tax dollars to expand and improve it.

What happened to our Pediatrics Center? Seems odd that RMH fundraises for the new Peds Center, but all we seem to get is various heliport improvements. While I am glad the city barely survived the enormous gap in emergency care caused by the long absence of a medi chopper, at what cost to the taxpayer is the new flying machine?
Junior Johnson

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Mar 15, 2013
I didn't believe this one until I drove by this morning. Sure enough, the entire north end is torn out of a fairly new building, the interior is gutted and only Brad knows what is going to be spent on this. It is taxpayer money, so I would think we should know what the cost is. I don't mind having air service here, but at a time that the county is going to have to raise taxes because of an expensive ambulance service, should we be spending hundreds of thousands more on remodeling a fairly new hangar for another helicopter?

Frankfort, IL

#3 Mar 15, 2013
Why is it being paid for by tax dollars? The hospital is not a free service they charge u thousands of dollars when go there. They should pay for it themselves.
what they say

Carthage, IN

#4 Mar 15, 2013
They will tell you that the only thing that is using tax payer money is the ambulance. Should have looked a couple of weeks ago - the whole hanger was gone from there!!!
Fly Boy

Connersville, IN

#5 Mar 15, 2013
Quite a bit of our tax dollars supports the hospital. They won't admit it, but it does. Ask them how much it costs the taxpayers to mail out their slick mailer every year. It is not cheap.
dumb assholes12

Chicago, IL

#6 Mar 15, 2013
RMH and other hospitals run the air vac together is not just RMH.

Connersville, IN

#7 Mar 15, 2013
Its not a remodeling of the old hanger they had to expand the cement and make the hanger bigger due to the STAT flight chopper being bigger than air evac chopper
fly boy

Elm Grove, WI

#9 Mar 16, 2013
Dumb you are well named. Is Air Vac a sweeper? Air Evac was an air ambulance we the taxpayers spent tens of thousands on building a hangar and living quarters for a couple of years ago. They sucked Rushville dry of membership money and then took off to another town. Not a single rush count resident who had a membership ever flew on the chopper.

We are talking the new chopper that we are again spending tens of thousands on to expand and renovate their hangar

Connersville, IN

#10 Mar 16, 2013
^^^^^YOU might want to get your facts and information straight before YOU post something so Dumb fly boy

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Mar 16, 2013
Air evac paid for the old hanger and its living quarters. They sold it to the hospital for a dollar. The old helicopter had two roters and the new one has four. It wouldnt fit in the old one. Just to clear that up.
fly boy

San Jose, CA

#12 Mar 16, 2013
Tell me where I am wrong. You can't just post someone is wrong and expect people to believe it.

Connersville, IN

#13 Mar 16, 2013
I think smokey just cleared that up. I also know some people who were flown that had that companies membership and from what I understand people were reimbursed when they left. Be happy we will have a helicopter again instead of complaining!
fly boy

Ashburn, VA

#14 Mar 16, 2013
Smokey is wrong. I know a board member who almost got fired for daring to question Brad on spending taxpayer money on the hangar, helipad and living quarters. Brad does not like to be questioned. So Smokey is wrong.

I did say they have to expand the hangar and that is at taxpayer expense. No need to clear up the obvious.

Again, no Rush County resident was flown who had a membership....ok, let me clarify, they were not flown as patients. Several elected officials and friends of Brad were flown on joyride.....I mean marketing flights. I heard that they were going to pro rate memberships, but never met anyone who did. That is why I never said if they did it did not.

I am not unhappy about the chopper being here, but see no advantage to it being here as opposed to a neighboring community other than getting a little income tax from its employees. And that is probably eaten up by the cost of improvements.

Carthage, IN

#15 Mar 16, 2013
Flyboy there have been several membership holders that flew on air evac and air evac did offer a prorated refund. As a member I received a letter offering as that.
fly boy

Connersville, IN

#16 Mar 16, 2013
I get the feeling funny and hehe are one and the same.

Carthage, IN

#17 Mar 16, 2013
Nope don't have a clue who funny is only know that my statement is true and accurate on some of who have been flown and that I received a letter for a pro rated refund

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Mar 16, 2013
Sorry mr fly boy but all i said was air evac paid for all the old things and i know this to be fact. As for the new hanger i am not sure and if not a fact i am not going to speculate.
fly boy

Connersville, IN

#19 Mar 16, 2013
And you can say it again, but I trust a board member over an anonymous poster.

Lafayette, IN

#20 Mar 16, 2013
fly boy wrote:
And you can say it again, but I trust a board member over an anonymous poster.
You don't want to believe an anonymous poster, yet you are an anonymous poster and want us to believe you....ironic?
I know that my mother-in-law was taken by Air Evac and she WAS a member! Not only did they save her life, they saved her from paying thousands of dollars!
fly boy

San Jose, CA

#21 Mar 16, 2013
I have never asked anyone to believe me. Just starting facts.

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