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New Air Ambulance Flies to Oshkosh Air Show

When seconds count, critically ill and injured patients who need acute care and the fastest possible transportation rely on Sanford USD Medical Center’s Intensive Air program. This aviation program has helped thousands of children and adults, which is why Sanford Children’s flew Kristen Alstott and her parents in its new fixed-wing aircraft to the annual EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh, WI in August. The annual event brings in more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts and 10,000 airplanes to Oshkosh, WI for forums, workshops and an air show.

“The event in Oshkosh brings together thousands of people with a passion for aviation,” said Charles P. O’Brien, MD, President, Sanford USD Medical Center. “Here at Sanford, we have that same passion for aviation because our Intensive Air program saves lives every day. We were pleased to bring our new fixed-wing aircraft as well as Kristen to the country’s largest air show.”

At age seven, Kristen was hit by a pick-up truck while leaving school. She was taken to Spencer, IA and then flown via fixed-wing aircraft to Sanford Children’s where she spent 18 days.

For more information about the Sanford Intensive Air program, go to