EagleMed Reaches FAA SMS Level 3
EagleMed Expands to Alaska
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
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: http://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,