Cornwall Air Ambulance Raises £30,000 through Celebrity Lunch Celebrating 30 Years of Medical Flight Service

This year, Cornwall Air Ambulance celebrates 30 years of medical flight service. It is the oldest air ambulance to be in service in the U.K. The air ambulance charity had an anniversary event back in April, which was attended by former patients and employees. Now Cornwall Air Ambulance has organized a celebrity lunch, which helped them raise more funds for their operations.

A Successful Lunch Attended by Celebrities

To celebrate the air ambulance charity’s 30th year of operations, John Casson, a resident of Cornwall, decided to host a fundraising lunch on 14 June. To attract interest to the event, he invited journalist and talk show host Sir Michael Parkinson.

This helped attract lots of interest to the event and all tickets were soon sold out. The event was attended by 60 guests, who enjoyed a champagne reception and a three-course lunch. During the lunch, they also had an auction to help raise funds for the medical flight service. Sir Michael also had a fun question-and-answer session as other guests enjoyed their lunch.

All in all, the event managed to raise £33,000, which will help fund the operations of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Medical Flight Service Expresses Gratitude to Sir Michael

James Oxley with Cornwall Air Ambulance expressed the air ambulance’s gratitude to both John Casson and Sir Michael Parkinson, who each made valuable contributions for supporting their service. Every year, they carry out 700 missions during which they provide urgent and critical medical care to those in need.

And since they’re a charity, they have to rely on the generosity of others to maintain their operations. The fundraising lunch helped meet some of the financial needs of the air ambulance. With the funds raised at the event, they will be able to save more lives.

California Air Ambulance Service at Risk Due to Finances

According to California air ambulance service providers, their service could be at risk due to funding issues. SkyLife Air Ambulance provides their service to patients all over the valley and transports those in need of life-saving medical treatments to hospitals in a quick and efficient manner. Now they’re facing a risk of cutting down their services due to a cut in state funding.

Air Ambulance Service by SkyLife Air Ambulance

According to SkyLife’s rep Lisa Epps, their air ambulance responds to calls on a daily basis, often flying out to rural or remote regions. Their patients are either seriously injured or critically ill. With quick and immediate transportation by SkyLife, these patients stand a better chance of survival.

Doctor Lawrence Sue of Community Regional Medical Center stated that time is crucial when someone’s bleeding. They have to receive treatment at medical facilities before they bleed out. And the helicopters from SkyLife Air Ambulance help solve this issue. When ground air ambulance vehicles can make the trip in 2-3 hours, the helicopters can make the same trip in less than 30 minutes.

State and Federal Efforts Fund The Operations

Their air ambulance service receives part funding from the EMATA or Emergency Medical Air Transportation Act.  Under this act, the state collects a fee of $4 on traffic tickets. This generates $8 million, which goes into funding the air ambulance operations in the state. The federal government matches this funding with another $8 million.

Currently, the EMATA faces a risk of non-renewal as it will be expiring this year. If it’s not renewed the SkyLife’s operations will no longer receive funding from the state. Jim Wood, a member of the California State Assembly, is pushing legislation to ensure that the air ambulance funding is renewed.

New Montana Legislation Receives Negative Response from Air Ambulance Companies

In February 2017, the Montana Senate had unanimously passed a new bill that would prevent overcharging by air ambulance companies. The bill came about after a thorough senate hearing in which former patients testified to having received exorbitant charges for getting transported by an air ambulance. Now the new legislation is experiencing opposition from air ambulance providers like AirMedCare.

No More Memberships from AirMedCare

AirMedCare has made an announcement about their opposition to the House Bill 73, which would prevent air ambulance patients from getting overcharged. In their announcement, they stated that their company will no longer be selling memberships in Montana because of this new legislation.

The announcement was made in a letter addressed to current AirMedCare members. They stated that the bill “singles out” membership programs provided by private air ambulance companies. It’s forcing them to subject to state regulations. They have to comply with fees under the Insurance Code and make arrangements with other providers, according to this legislation.

AirMedCare, in their announcement, also mentioned how the requirements of this bill are a violation of federal law. They also stated that the rules violate federal healthcare law.

No more Overcharging by Air Ambulance Companies for Montana Residents

According to Ryan Lynch, who sponsored the House Bill 73, the bill was drafted in accordance with the Senate Bill 44. It was designed so that Montana residents will have more cost-effective options in air ambulance providers.

Lynch has stated that mandating air ambulance providers to work together with insurance providers can reduce the average cost of transport by air ambulance aircraft. Lynch has termed the bill as a consumer protection bill, which will ensure that patients won’t be hit with unexpected and exorbitant charges after being airlifted to hospitals.

New Helicopter for Maine’s Medical Flight Service

LifeFlight, which provides medical flight service in Maine, has acquired a new helicopter to expand their operations. This is the third helicopter to join the LifeFlight fleet and has enhanced features to ensure better medical care to patients. In addition to these three helicopters, the air ambulance provider also has a fixed-wing aircraft to carry out its operations.

Enhanced Capabilities for Better Medical Flight Service

The new helicopter for LifeFlight is an Agusta 109 and has some advanced features that the older helicopters don’t. Along with improved avionics, it has been equipped with the latest medical equipment that can improve the quality of service they provide.

The new Agusta 109 for LifeFlight has the latest global navigation system. It’s also faster and is powered by a more advanced engine. Additionally, it will be able to carry more weight compared to the two older helicopters. The interiors of the aircraft have been designed specifically to accommodate high quality medical care.

According to LifeFlight’s spokeswoman Melissa Arndt, the new aircraft will enable LifeFlight to carry out hundreds more operations per year. This is crucial since the demand for their medical flight service has increased by 43% within the past four years.

New helicopter Funded by Individual Donations

LifeFlight’s new helicopter costs approximately $6 million. And the air ambulance provider was able to make this purchase from individual donations made by almost 700 people. They unveiled the new helicopter on June 9 at its base in Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston.

LifeFlight will now carry out their operations using three helicopters and one fixed-wing airplane. The LifeFlight Foundation intends to enhance their service further by replacing the older helicopters. They plan to collect enough funds within the next three years to fund this replacement.

LifeFlight is a nonprofit run by the joint efforts of Central Maine Healthcare Corporation and Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Iowa Couple Starts Nonprofit to Provide Free Medical Flight Service

Doug and Robyn Pralle, two Hampton, Iowa residents, have started a nonprofit to transport people requiring medical treatment without any charge. Named Compassion Flights, the nonprofit medical flight service began their operations in January 2017. Compassion Flights will transport Iowa residents who have to travel a long distance for medical treatments.

Past Experience Inspires Doug

When Doug was younger, he had a good experience of people doing nice things for him and his family as his father received cancer treatment in Chicago. He and his mother even received tickets to a Chicago Cubs game from doctors at the hospital.

From this experience, Doug was inspired to also do something to help people requiring medical treatment. So he decided to provide a free medical flight service to North Iowa residents who need to travel to other states for medical treatment.

Donations Fund Operations for Medical Flight Service

Doug Pralle is a licensed pilot and owns a Cessna 183, which he uses for the Compassion Flights operations. Even before Compassion Flights received nonprofit status, he had flown several people needing medical treatment to hospitals in other states.

Donations fund the operations of the nonprofit. Recently, they had even received a grant of $5000 from the Franklin County Community Foundation. The Pralles will be using these funds to remodel an unoccupied avionics shop just next to the hangar they use. The renovated space will serve as office space for the nonprofit.

The couple works jointly to make the nonprofit operational. While Doug flies the plane, Robyn does the paperwork and handles the applications for flights. Compassion Flights also has a board of directors responsible for choosing whose applications would be approved.

The Pralles intend to enhance their operations further and are currently on the lookout for more pilots and volunteers to be a part of their organization.

Air Ambulance Service Receives $20,000 to Enhance Pediatric Care

The Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust in New Zealand has recently received $20,000 from the Taranaki Patriotic Trust. The funds will help in making improvements to enhance the care provided by the air ambulance service to new-born babies.

How the TPT Decided to Help the Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust

The suggestion to help the air ambulance was made by the trustees of the Taranaki Patriotic Trust, Rev. David Self. The air ambulance transported his grandchild from New Plymouth several times to Hamilton Hospital. Although the baby didn’t survive in the end, Rev. Self decided that it would be helpful for the air ambulance if they had a new incubator or pod for new-born babies.

So when the Taranaki Patriotic Trust had some extra money to donate to worthy charities and causes in the region, he made the suggestion to buy one for the air ambulance service.

Enhanced Air Ambulance Service for Babies

According to a trustee of the Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust, David Drummond, the financial support from the Taranaki Patriotic Trust could make a difference between life and death. Through the Taranaki Hospital Board, they were able to buy a pod or incubator for premature babies to be used in their flights.

The old incubator they’re using was too heavy, weighing around 90 kilos. But a new and updated model would only weigh around 12-13 kilos. So this means the air ambulance will be able to transport more babies for medical treatment. The Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust has also expressed their willingness to lend the new incubator to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter in case of emergencies.

Members of the Taranaki Patriotic Trust, including Rev. Self, presented a check of $20,000 to representatives of the Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust. The latter will be using the funds to enhance their operations.

Lincolnshire Air Ambulance Service to Get a New Aircraft

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance is all set to get a new aircraft for carrying out their air ambulance service. The new aircraft will be officially unveiled at the air ambulance charity’s launch pad located at RAF Waddington on June 13. Lincolnshire’s new air ambulance aircraft is an AugustaWestland 169 and will be replacing the current aircraft being used by the charity.

New Aircraft to Enhance Lincolnshire’s Air Ambulance Service

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance currently carries out their air ambulance operations using an MD Explorer aircraft. The new Augusta Westland 169 will be replacing this old aircraft to enhance the charity’s ability to provide transport and care.

According to a spokesman for the charity, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance will be getting a new state-of-the-art aircraft. This replacement will enable them to enhance the critical care they provide to patients on ground and in flight.

In addition to this, the new aircraft is also faster than the current one. It can fly at a speed of up to 190mph and can operate for more than four hours. This means they will also be able to transport patients more quickly to medical care facilities to receive the care they require.

About Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance carries out about 1,000 missions every year. In order to carry out these operations, the charity requires an average of about £2.1 million. They collect these funds through donations from the public, their lottery, and their shops.

The charity also accepts the efforts of volunteers to help maintain their operations. Earlier this year, their headquarters was a target of burglars, who broke into the offices. But since they did not keep the money on site, they didn’t experience much loss except having to pay for the cost of a broken window.

Law Firm Receives Charity Partnership Award for Partnering with London’s Air Ambulance Transport

Hogan Lovells, a law firm, has been chosen for the Business Charity Awards under the Charity Partnership, Legal category. The firm’s recognition was a result of their partnership with air ambulance transport charity London’s Air Ambulance. The award recognizes outstanding partnership between a UK-based charity and a company operating in the legal sector.

About their Partnership

Hogan Lovells in 2014 chose London’s Air Ambulance as their local charity of the year. As a result of this decision, the charity was able to purchase a second helicopter, which was highly necessary for their air ambulance transport operations. Although this partnership was only supposed to last for two years, the firm decided to extend it for a third year.

The law firm actively helped London’s Air Ambulance during the search and acquisition of their second helicopter. They carried out all the legal work necessary on a pro-bono basis. They also helped the charity in a worldwide search for a suitable helicopter and provided advice on financing and loans. The charity managed to save more than £77,000 due to this support.

More help for the Air Ambulance Transport

In addition to these efforts, employees at Hogan Lovells also provided huge support in the fundraising efforts for the charity, organizing awareness campaigns and fundraising events. In 2016, they managed to raise £100,000 through a charitable giving program. Some of the events they organized included quiz nights, ballroom dancing contests, and wine tastings. They also sponsored runs and walks as well as absells.

During a period of three years, the Hogan Lovells staff raised £177,517. By acquiring the second helicopter, London’s Air Ambulance was able to reduce their downtime to just five days in one year. So the law firm’s contributions for this charity resulted in them winning the Business Charity Awards under the Charity Partnership, Legal category.

Flight for Life Colorado Acquires New Medical Flight Helicopter for Pediatric Patients

Flight for Life Colorado has put a new medical flight helicopter in service for transporting pediatric patients. The helicopter has been specially outfitted for accommodating younger patients. This new addition to the Flight for Life Colorado fleet will enable them to provide even better service to residents of the Denver region.

Better Critical Care Medical Flight Service with New Helicopter

Flight for Life Colorado is a provider of critical care transport service in the Denver region. In 2016, they had made an announcement about their intention to acquire a new Airbus H130 T2, which will be dedicated for transporting pediatric patients. The newly-acquired medical flight helicopter will be exclusively used by the air ambulance’s team that’s based at Children’s Colorado.

The new helicopter will provide its transportation service to children within a 120-mile radius of the base. The Flight for Life Colorado pediatric air ambulance has a dedicated staff of nurses and respiratory therapists, who comprise of the air ambulance crew that’s based at Children’s Colorado. Since the aircraft is specially outfitted to accommodate pediatric patients, it’s expected to enhance the quality of service provided by Flight for Life Colorado to children in the service area.

More About Flight for Life Colorado

Flight for Life Colorado was a pioneer for critical care air transport based at hospitals since its establishment in 1972 at St. Anthony’s Hospital. The air ambulance provider and Children’s Colorado have worked closely together since 1997, according to a statement made by the Flight for Life Colorado director, Kathleen Mayer.

Their decision to station a dedicated helicopter at the hospital will enable them to strengthen their partnership and expand their service. The partnership will also enable both parties to provide exceptional care to pediatric patients in Denver.

First Flight Expands Its Air Ambulance Service Operations in San Angelo, Texas

First Flight has expanded its air ambulance service operations by opening a new base at the San Angelo Regional Airport in Texas. This base will support the air ambulance’s operations in the west and central regions of Texas. This facility will help the air ambulance company in providing their support to hospitals in smaller communities.

About First Flight and Their New Base

First Flight is a fully-licensed air ambulance company that provides round-the-clock medical transport with fixed-wing air ambulance aircrafts. Their service extends to both emergency and non-emergency patients.

The company has leased a 7,000-square-foot space at San Angelo Regional Airport for the company’s hangar and offices. The hangar will house the company’s King Air C-90 aircraft. First Flight started their San Angelo operations on May 15 with an aim to positively impact the community.

Staff Accommodations for Better Air Ambulance Service

Each First Flight aircraft has a crew comprising of pilots and highly-trainer paramedics and nurses. To ensure better efficiency of their San Angelo operations, the company will be setting up living quarters for the staff just outside the airport grounds. So crew members can quickly and easily reach the base in case of an emergency.

First Flight will have a crew on standby at all hours of the day. This will ensure that the helicopter takes flight within just 15 minutes of getting a call or a patient arriving. With speedy liftoff, the aircraft will be able to transport the patient for specialized care without losing time.

First Flight currently has four paramedics to man their operations in San Angelo. They intend to hire up to 12 employees this year to ensure better air ambulance service. This new base will help the air ambulance company in transporting patients in smaller communities to high-end medical facilities.