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Congressman touts benefits of air medical services in tour of Hemet base

May 12, 2017

Following a two-car crash east of Hemet Monday evening, May 8, a patient was airlifted by Mercy Air to Riverside University Health Services Medical Center for treatment.

Rep Raul Ruiz, D-La Quinta, a former emergency room and emergency flight doctor, wants to ensure that such services continue to be offered.

He visited Mercy Air personnel at Hemet Fire Station 4 on Tuesday, May 9, and promoted the benefits of aeromedical care. The station is adjacent to Hemet Ryan Airport, from where Mercy Air flies.

“This is a very pragmatic need that many people throughout the United States require,” Ruiz said.

The tour comes as air ambulance companies, which are private businesses, say they are not getting reimbursed enough to cover their costs.

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