January/February 2007

Dominican Spirit Provides Air Transport for St. Catherine Hospital

St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, Kan., unveiled its new air ambulance, a Beechcraft King-Air C-90 aircraft named “Dominican Spirit.” The Dominican Spirit provides medical air transport for residents of southwestern Kansas. The fixed-wing aircraft can navigate turbulent weather and can reach Wichita, Kan., in 45 to 55 minutes, a trip that can take three hours via ground ambulance. Father Frank Jordan blessed the aircraft and its crew at a ceremony on January 11, which was attended by several Nuns of the Third Order of St. Dominic of Great Bend, Kan., one of the participating congregations of Catholic Health Initiatives.