Vanderbilt LifeFlight’s Cookeville base to open Aug. 2
By Kim Swindell Wood | July 29, 2016 7:16 am
Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s LifeFlight will open its Cookeville base on Aug. 2, 2016. The new base, in partnership with Cookeville Regional Medical Center, is LifeFlight’s seventh helicopter base in Tennessee.
The new base will employ 11 medical flight crew members, four pilots and two mechanics.
Tim Hurst, MSN, R.N., FNP-BC, CCRN, AEMT, a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, has been named base manager and chief flight nurse for the Cookeville base.
Hurst has been a flight nurse with Vanderbilt LifeFlight since 1997. He holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Tech, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner.
The base, located at 4570 S. Jefferson Ave., in Cookeville, will serve the Upper Cumberland region. A brand new Airbus H130 T2 helicopter will service the area and will cover a 120-mile response area from Cookeville.