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Published on October 16, 2008

Media Statement

October 16, 2008 - 8:30 a.m.

At 11:15 pm October 15, 2008, Valley West Community Hospital Emergency Department transferred a patient to Children’s Memorial via Air Angels helicopter for a higher level of care.  The patient was a 14-month-old child. We are all very saddened by the en-route accident of the Air Angels helicopter that took the lives of the patient and crew.  

All of us at Valley West Community Hospital and KishHealth System extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the infant as well as to the families of the Air Angels flight and medical teams.


“On behalf of the employees of Valley West Community Hospital, our board of directors and the entire KishHealth System family, I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the Blockinger family as well as to the families of the Air Angels emergency medical transport team.  We join with the community in expressing our profound sadness regarding this tragic incident,” Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System President and CEO.

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