EagleMed Expands to Alaska; Now Flying LifeFlight Air Ambulance
Wichita, Kan., July 23, 2013 – EagleMed LLC will manage the aviation assets of Alaska Regional Hospital’s LifeFlight air ambulance program, extending the Wichita-based company’s North American reach to its furthest point west.
EagleMed is a leader in the air medical industry. LifeFlight is Alaska Regional Hospital’s specialized fixed-wing medevac service based in Anchorage, Alaska. EagleMed assumed responsibility for the hospital’s fixed wing flight operations on July 15, 2013.
In this integrated business model, clinical care will be managed by Alaska Regional Hospital. Customer services as well as business relations will be integrated and managed by the hospital. EagleMed will operate the aircraft, a twin-engine King Air B200, and provide the pilots for this specialized service.
EagleMed President Larry Bugg said “EagleMed and Alaska Regional Hospital share the value of safety as the fundamental underpinning for everything we do.” Bugg added, “We are extremely excited to be partnering with the Alaska Regional Hospital to provide critical care fixed-wing transport services to the citizens of Alaska.”
Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Regional Hospital Annie Holt said, “We are pleased to enter into this partnership with EagleMed, which will greatly enhance our ability to provide safe, high-quality critical care during aeromedical transport.”
Now with 28 locations in 10 states, EagleMed is a growing operation with a fleet of 15 medically equipped Eurocopter AS350 helicopters and 15 Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing aircraft and approximately 400 highly trained employees. EagleMed is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) and dedicates the company’s resources to providing the highest quality patient care in the safest environment possible.
LifeFlight provides air medical transport service throughout Alaska and to facilities in the lower 48 states. It has been in operation since 1985, and was first in the Alaska to meet national standards by employing flight teams comprised of registered nurses and certified paramedics.
Alaska Regional is also the only non-military hospital in the state where fixed-wing aircraft can taxi to the hospital doors, saving critical time for patients in need of care. LifeFlight is also fully accredited by the CAMTS.
State-of-the-Art Equipment and Safety Focus
EagleMed maintains a fully staffed, technologically advanced, 24-hour communications center in Wichita. The company operates state-of-the-art aircraft equipment and modern, up-to-date clinical equipment. Pilots at EagleMed undergo extensive aviation and rigorous safety training to include simulation with Flight Safety International. Additionally, all EagleMed fixed wing pilots have their Air Transport Pilot ratings.
EagleMed’s senior leadership has a combined total of 150 years of aviation safety experience. The company received the 2010 President’s Award for safety from the Association of Air Medical Services, the 2011 Safety Award from the Helicopter Association International, recognized by CAMTS for a Best Practice in Just Culture, and the 2012 Pilot of the Year Award from the National EMS Pilots Association.
About Alaska Regional Hospital
For 50 years Alaska Regional Hospital has been fulfilling the medical needs of Alaskans, continually improving the scope of services and skills available within the state. Alaska Regional is dedicated to patient safety, advanced technology, and delivery of the highest quality healthcare in Alaska. Its 250-bed facility offers a broad spectrum of health services to the community, including free health fairs and screenings, educational seminars, health clinics, and support groups. Alaska Regional Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading healthcare monitoring organization. For additional information, please visit: www.alaskaregional.com.
EagleMed, LLC, headquartered in Wichita, KS is a leading provider of rotary wing and fixed wing critical care air medical transport services throughout the United States. EagleMed operates a fleet of medically equipped Eurocopter AS350 helicopters and Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing aircraft and has more than 400 highly trained employees. The company’s extensive fleet safely delivers teams of highly trained medical professionals to patients, always striving to provide the patient with rapid transport, world-class patient care, and the best possible outcome. For additional information, visit: www.flyeaglemed.com.