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DHART Celebrates 20 Years in Flight

DHART Celebrates 20 Years in Flight

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART)  is a strong presence in the skies over northern New England, from Burlington to Boston, from Portland to Pittsburgh, NH.  It can be seen assisting on highway traffic accidents, transferring patients between hospitals across the region, adding an eye in the sky to search and rescue operations in the White Mountains, and on standby trackside at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway when NASCAR comes to town. DHART provides high-tech, high-quality care to those most in need, expanding Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s ability to provide the best care, in the right place, at the right time.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock celebrated 20 years of DHART service with a special celebration on Tuesday, July 1, for both employees and the public.

Since its first call – a patient transport from Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont in the early hours of July 1, 1994 – DHART has transported more than 20,000 critically ill and injured patients across New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.

In its two decades of service, DHART has changed with the times as well. The program now flies two state-of-the-art Airbus EC-135 aircraft, outfitted with the latest in flight and medical technology; the newest aircraft came on line in the summer of 2012. A second DHART base of operations was added at the Boston- Manchester Regional Airport in 2009, expanding DHART’s service area and capability. Most recently, DHART has developed an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability that expands the reach of DHART during inclement weather. DHART’s presence isn’t only in the air. DHART also maintains a fleet of ground ambulances that provide critical care transport services to patients who do not require the speed of the helicopter.

DHART remains the only air ambulance service in New Hampshire and Vermont, serving as many as 2 million residents of the region.