MercyOne and AirCare parting ways following contract negotiation

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(KWWL)– AirCare, the medical transport service ran by University of Iowa Health Care, will no longer be based at MercyOne facilities in Waterloo and Dubuque.

A joint release from MercyOne and UIHC said the two have not been able to come to a mutually beneficial agreement and the partnership between the two will end Saturday, September 15.

Neither side would elaborate on the exact reason for the split and said it was a complex issue.

It’s still uncertain where the helicopters would be going as UIHC said they are still making plans.

For Waterloo, one option would put them at the airport where the helicopter stays during inclement weather. This could possibly change the response times to MercyOne Waterloo.

It also isn’t entirely clear what will happen to the crews of the two medical helicopters also. While AirCare is operated by UIHC, the medical personal are partially handled by MercyOne.

UIHC has committed to staying in both communities and they are focused to meeting the care needs of the region, adding there would be no impact to patient care as a result of the move. MercyOne said it will continue to deliver excellent care in its emergency departments.

AirCare II, which is the Waterloo helicopter, has been in Waterloo since 1988. It has spent a bulk of its time at what is now MercyOne Waterloo.

Collin Dorsey

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