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Dale Aviation partners with Pine Ridge Reservation in air ambulance venture

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Four planes are now available to respond to the Pine Ridge Reservation during emergencies medical situations.

It's made possible through the Native American PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) which helped the Oglala Sioux Tribe partner with World Healthcare Logistics and Dale Aviation at Rapid City Regional Airport. 

Tuesday, a three-year contract was signed between all parties involved.  This means the response time for medical personal to transport patients to Rapid City Regional Hospital from the reservation will be significantly reduced.

The business venture will also add revenue to the reservation because 51 percent of the profits from transportation billing will go to the tribe.

John Joseph Warnock with World Health said this is only the beginning of what could be great partnership.   

"We hope within the next three years to both build an air medical facility down in Pine Ridge at the airport and to shorten patient time to care by nearly an hour," Warnock said. 

Oglala Sioux Tribal Chairman for Economic Development, James Cross said this is something the native community has needed for a long time. 

"There is that 25 minutes we could already have a patient up here.  In that 25 minutes it really cuts down time and saves lives," Cross said.

Another component to this company is ground transportation, patients will be transported to the Pine Ridge airport and loaded on a plane immediately.

This wasn't the case for air evac previously. 

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