Published: Sep 14, 2012 5:42 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2012 5:50 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County is retaining a company and a former employee to help it find a way out of the Medstar mess. The medical helicopters are grounded, after the program sent out $3 million in improper bills.

Lee is hiring Global Aviation Solutions and Chris Hansen, former deputy dir. of public safety for the county. The company will find ways to get Medstar back in the air. Hansen will communicate with the Federal Aviation Administration, and also look for options for Medstar in the future.

Lee is not yet saying how much it is paying for the outside help.

Collier County's head of Emergency Medical Services, Walt Kopka, also confirms that some in Collier have suggested merging with Lee County in medical flights. But the idea is preliminary and has not been endorsed by the public safety division, nor by commissioners in Collier.