CAMC Will Get New Helicopter

Charleston Area Medical Center is getting a new HealthNet helicopter. The board agreed Wednesday to make the $3.5 million purchase to replace a 13-year-old aircraft. With the new chopper the idea is to improve capabilities with new technologies, and even to fly in bad weather. HealthNet is a joint operation of CAMC, WVU Healthcare and Cabell Huntington Hospital, and the Charleston Gazette reports the three combined will make a decision on what to do with the old helicopter. It's possible it could be sold, or used as a backup. CAMC is also refinancing the debt on its other helicopter to take advantage of low interest rates.