EagleMed Begins Air Medical Service in Salida, Colo.

EagleMed Begins Air Medical Service in Salida, Colo.

13-May-2015 Source: EagleMed

EagleMed LLC has begun critical care air medical service operations in Salida, Colo., for Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, a full-service hospital providing extensive diagnostic capabilities, treatments and rehabilitation services. EagleMed is the preferred air medical services provider for the Colorado hospital.

The base employs 15 EagleMed flight, medical, management and ground support personnel. EagleMed’s new Salida base operates a new medically configured Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter. The latest Airbus AS350 assigned to Salida becomes the 15th helicopter in EagleMed’s fleet. The Airbus AS350 is designed for high-altitude terrain with a mission range of 180 nautical miles and a cruising speed of 138 mph. It can carry patients who are up to 400 pounds and 6’4” inches tall.

Operates in 12 States

“We are so very excited to be in partnership with Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center to serve the patients in the surrounding communities in their critical time of need,” said EagleMed President Larry Bugg. “EagleMed is pleased to add the second Colorado base to our service area that now includes approximately 30 locations in 12 states.” EagleMed also has a base in Loveland, Colo.

EagleMed pilots and staff undergo extensive aviation and rigorous safety training. EagleMed medical crews consist of a registered nurse and a paramedic with advanced clinical certifications. EagleMed’s clinical staff maintains the highest level of continuing education and competencies.

During 2014, EagleMed added critical care air medical transport operations in Houston, Texas; Cody Wyo.; and Butte, Mont. The company also added five medically equipped Beechcraft King Air twin-engine turboprop aircraft, bringing its King Air fleet to 20 aircraft.

Safety Focus

FAA SMS – The Federal Aviation Administration Safety Management System (SMS) Program Office (SMSPO) recently acknowledged the full implementation of the EagleMed SMS and validated the Company as “SMS Voluntary Program (SMSVP) Active Conformance.” This designation is the highest level attainable in the SMSVP and EagleMed is the only Part 135 charter certificate holder in the FAA Central Region to achieve this significant distinction.

ARGUS Platinum – EagleMed recently achieved the ARGUS International Platinum Rating. ARGUS International is the most comprehensive, accurate, and detailed third-party safety analysis and due diligence system for charter operators in the world. ARGUS utilizes an independent, unbiased, and proprietary rating algorithm “CHEQ System” to evaluate the charter operator’s legitimacy as a charter operator; factual safety history; liability insurance confirmation; current aircraft and pilot background checks; pilot training, experience, certifications, and type ratings. EagleMed is one of only two air medical operators in the nation to achieve the coveted Platinum Rating.
CAMTS – EagleMed is a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) critical care air medical transport service. CAMTS accreditation represents the “Gold Standard” for air medical operators and validates the organization’s focus on patient care and safety across the entire spectrum of air medical transport services.

EagleMed’s senior aviation, maintenance, and safety leadership has a combined total of more than 150 years of aviation operational experience. Recognized as a leader in the industry, the organization and its employees received the 2013 Chairman’s Award and the 2010 President’s Award for Leadership and Safety from the Association of Air Medical Services. EagleMed also received the 2011 Safety Award from the Helicopter Association International, Best Practice in Just Culture from CAMTS, and the 2012 Pilot of the Year Award from the National EMS Pilots Association.

EagleMed leverages technology through its web-based Learning Management System and IS-BAO registered Baldwin SMSlite™ system to deliver regulatory, aircraft-specific, air medical resource management, SMS, risk management, just culture, threat and error management, OSHA safety compliance training and safety report data tracking and analysis. EagleMed maintains a technologically advanced Communications Center with satellite tracking and communications for 24/7 oversight and medical direction and dispatch provided by a cadre of emergency physicians and highly trained communication staff that are certified emergency medical technicians.

EagleMed’s experienced and proficient team of commercial instrument rated rotor and Airline Transport Pilot rated fixed wing pilots undergo extensive hands-on training every six months including FlightSafety International simulation training.

About EagleMed LLC

EagleMed LLC, headquartered in Wichita, Kan., is a privately owned and operated critical care air medical and ground transport service. A subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., EagleMed has provided safe, world-class patient care to patients and communities in the Midwest for more than 30 years. EagleMed has 450 highly trained employees and operates an extensive fleet of 15 medically equipped helicopters, 20 Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing aircraft, and six ground ambulances in 12 States. For more information, please visit flyeaglemed.com.

About AirMedCare

EagleMed is a membership-supported air ambulance service that is part of the AirMedCare Network. AirMedCare is America’s largest air medical transport membership network, providing emergency access to the highest levels of care for its 1.5 million subscribers. The AirMedCare Network combines the membership programs of four leading air ambulance operators: EagleMed, REACH, Air Evac Lifeteam and Med-Trans Corporation. For more information about memberships, visit joineaglemed.com.

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