WAUSAU – After being removed from service at the end of November for repainting and rebranding, Aspirus MedEvac Air 2 has returned to provide lifesaving air transport, Aspirus announced this week. The EC-145 air ambulance based at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee was previously known as Spirit.

MedEvac Air 2 joins the Aspirus MedEvac Air 1 medical helicopter based at Howard Young Medical Center, part of Aspirus Health, in Woodruff as part of an emergency and patient medical transportation force that has doubled in size with the Aspirus acquisition of former Ascension Wisconsin facilities.

“We went from 130 employees to 250, basically doubling our workforce,” said Jason Keffeler, Aspirus MedEvac system director, in a news release. “The coming together of the two services has allowed us to standardize care practices across the region which really helps us raise the quality of care we provide, especially to rural areas where emergency support might not be as accessible.”

The expanded Aspirus MedEvac now supports 13 ground bases, two air medical helicopters, and nine 911 agencies from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Portage in southern Wisconsin.

Aspirus MedEvac is now a team of over 250 emergency service providers, with two air bases, 35 ground ambulance units at 13 bases throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.