Published: Nov 28, 2012 12:46 PM EST
Updated: Nov 28, 2012 5:56 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- There's more bad news for the Lee County's medical helicopter service.

After Lee County grounded it's Medstar choppers earlier this year, Aeromed moved a chopper to Page Field to service this area.  Aeromed is moving its base to Charlotte County, starting January 1, 2013.  Lee county is working with Aeromed and its partners to get another air ambulance to station a chopper at Page Field in Ft. Myers, starting Jan. 1.   That helicopter would provide service to Lee Co. until commissioners can contract with a private company to move to Lee permanently.   That could occur sometime in the winter of 2013.

After about a year and a half of discussions with Charlotte County EMS workers and Tampa General Hospital, the operator of Aeromed, leaders determined that the chopper would better serve the region based from the Charlotte airport in Punta Gorda.

Charlotte County Emergency Medical Services Chief Dennis Didio says the move will help with response time, and should make Charlotte citizens feel better about the chances of their loved ones to survive a medical or other emergency.   He says the Aeromed helicopter will continue to serve Lee County and other parts of SW Florida on a mutual aid basis, if it's needed.