Western Massachusetts to Get New Air Ambulance Service

Hartford HealthCare has developed a new partnership with Springfield’s Baystate Health. This agreement will extend air ambulance service to western Massachusetts. This will be the third Life Star helicopter for Hartford HealthCare. The other two helicopters are based at Norwich’s Backus Hospital and Meriden’s MidState Medical Center.

Strategic Base Chosen for the New Helicopter

According to the agreement, the new helicopter will be based at the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport located in Westfield, Massachusetts. This location has been chosen strategically, so that flight crews can easily reach the base. Life Star will be in charge of providing the medical flight crew for the helicopter. It will also be providing communication support from Hartford Hospital.

In addition to this, the job of managing hangar space and flight operations will be taken care of by Air Methods, an emergency transportation company. The air ambulance service will transport patients to Baystate, which is a level 1 trauma center.

20,000+ Patients Transported by Life Star’s Air Ambulance Service

Life Star was founded in 1985 and is based in Connecticut. Since its inception, the service has carried out almost 32,000 flights. They have also managed to transport more than 20,000 patients, helping save thousands of lives in the process.

Jeffrey Flaks, Hartford HealthCare’s COO & President, has stated that Life Star has reached a new milestone with this new partnership. According to Jeffrey, the company takes pride in the knowledge that the dedicated crew of Life Star has managed to save countless lives using their extraordinary capabilities.

With this new agreement, it will be easier for the Life Star emergency crew to reach patients in western Massachusetts. As a result, they will have a better chance of saving more lives by providing timely emergency medical care and quick transportation.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Bags the 2017 Air Ambulance Service Award

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has bagged a prestigious award at the Health Business Award, held in London. The air ambulance was declared the winner of the 2017 Air Ambulance Service award. The national-level awards are aimed at recognizing and celebrating significant contributions made by different organizations and individuals whose work pertains to the NHS.

Successful Event Held in London

The awards were given out at a star-studded event held at the Grange Hotel in London. They were presented by Dr. Phil Hammond, who is a broadcaster, journalist, and physician. As mentioned earlier, the Health Business Award helps provide recognition while celebrating the contributions made by organizations and individuals working with the NHS.

Impressive Contributions Resulted in Yorkshire Winning the Air Ambulance Service Award

Considering the contributions made by Yorkshire Air Ambulance, it’s no surprise that they bagged the coveted award. The air ambulance serves five million people living in the Yorkshire area and carried out in excess of 1,250 missions each year.

To carry out their life-saving air ambulance service, the charity has to raise £12,000 each day, which means they need at least £1.4 million in a year to continue running their service.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has managed to bring two new helicopters into full service during the past 12 months. The new helicopters are state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and they’ve each been equipped with advanced medical equipment to assist their crew in saving lives.

The air ambulance is constantly improving the quality of service they provide. Towards the end of 2017, they were given permission to carry out their operations at night. This enabled them to help save more lives. They have also started carrying blood on board so they can carry out emergency blood transfusions whenever necessary to help save lives.

Hangar Underway for CanWest’s New Air Ambulance Service

CanWest Air Ambulance will soon have a new hangar to house their aircraft as its construction is well underway. The building alone is expected to be finished by the end of January, after which the air ambulance service will have to make some more additions to complete the hangar.

Construction Began Shortly After Approval of Lease Agreement

Officials from the city of Medicine Hat and CanWest Air Ambulance had a meeting on December 18, during which they approved a lease agreement for the air ambulance. This agreement involves providing CanWest with the permission to develop their hangar space at the airport. The next day, contractors began their work on the site to finish the project as quickly as possible.

Workers on the site have cleared ground for the foundation of the building. They have also put grade beams on the construction site. According to CanWest’s CEO, Jake Fehr, there is currently no issue from their end or from the contractors’ and they should expect to get a new hangar by April 1. They expect to have the walls of the building up by January 25.

New Air Ambulance Service to Replace Integra Air

The province of Alberta awarded CanWest with a contract to provide the Medicine Hat region with air ambulance service and replace Integra Air. Their service extends to several communities in the province such as Calgary and Edmonton.

In December, CanWest narrowed down on a 1.09 acre site to build their hangar at the Medicine Hat Regional Airport. After the walls of the hangar are finished, they expect to complete working on the interiors by February. They also plan to build a taxiway that will connect the hangar to the airport’s runway.

With the lease agreement they have with CanWest, the city of Medicine Hat will be able to generate approximately $18,750 a year in rent payment.

New Air Ambulance Service Agreement for Vermont and New Hampshire Hospitals

There has been a new arrangement between the largest healthcare providers in New Hampshire and Vermont. The goal is to provide better helicopter air ambulance service to patients located in Vermont and upstate New York.

Air Ambulance Service Crew to Be Based in Burlington

The deal was signed between officials from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and University of Vermont Health Network. Under this deal, Dartmouth will be in charge of providing the air ambulance and the air crew. This crew will be based out of the Burlington area. University of Vermont Health Network will be responsible for staffing the air ambulance with medical professionals to provide high-quality emergency medical care.

According to the medical officer for the Regional Transport System of UVM Health Network, Ryan Clouser, they are able to cover 40,000 square miles within their service area. This makes it vital for them to ensure that transportation is consistently available for patients who are in need of immediate medical care.

New Agreement to Cover Only Hospital Transfers

As of now, hospitals in the region are mostly reliant on ground ambulances for transporting critical care patients between facilities. Although some patients are already being transported by helicopters, it’s not consistent. The new Burlington-based helicopter air ambulance service will be dedicated to carrying out patient transfers between hospitals. This means that it will not be used for picking up patients at accident scenes.

President of UVM Medical Center, Eileen Whalen has stated that they are working to create a system that’s most convenient for their patients and satisfies their needs the best. UVM covers areas such as Newport in northeastern Vermont to the New York communities of Canton and Massena within their service area. The new helicopter service will become operational from July 2018.

Children’s Air Ambulance Service Receives Generation Donation from General Tire

With the support of Micheldever Tyre Services, General Tire has been able to raise £14,000 to support the Children’s Air Ambulance Service. The company has been raising funds for the charity since the past two years, when they formed a partnership.

Fundraising Events Resulted In Current Amount Raised

The current total funds have been raised through the on-going dedication of the MTS network, which is part of the General Tyres independent tyre dealers. The team has undertaken fundraising efforts at individual business sites. Some of the funds were collected through donations made at various General Tire events.

In October, there were two 4×4 driving experiences hosted by General Tire in support of the air ambulance service. Both events were hosted at exceptional off-road centers, which were located in the northern and southern parts of the country. MTS organized the events and saw about 60 independent tyre dealers participating in both of them. After both these events, participants attended a charity fundraising auction and dinner.

Air Ambulance Service Receives Massive Support

Dealers of General Tire were able to provide support to Children’s Air Ambulance by raising more than £1,800. According to MTS trade marketing manager, Lisa Marie Davison, General Tire has been able to host several fundraising activities for Children’s Air Ambulance since their partnership began in 2015.

She also thanked the independent tyre dealers who put in a lot of effort to help raise funds for the charity through various events. National partnership manager for Children’s Air Ambulance, Jo Payne took the time to thank General Tire and MTS as well as the dealers on behalf of the charity for the backing. With the funds raised through their efforts, the charity will be able to continue providing life-saving patient transfer service for critically ill babies and children.

Trinity Health Launches Air Ambulance Service to Serve Williston

Williston now has a fixed-wing aircraft providing residents with valuable air ambulance service. Trinity Health has launched NorthStar Criticair Fixed Wing Williston as an extension of their existing service based in Minot. This new service will be filling the void left by the move of ValleyMed’s service to a different area.

Service Became Operational on 13th

The NorthStar Criticair Fixed Wing Williston became available for transporting patients on the 13th of December. The plane is staffed by an experienced and well-trained team comprising of two pilots and two paramedics along with a flight nurse. It is the only air ambulance service operating out of Williston and is expected to be highly beneficial for the region’s residents.

The aircraft is a King Air 90 and is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment that will enable critical care teams to provide the kind of service required by their patients. It has been designed to fly patients who are critically ill or injured to medical facilities that are larger or more specialized. Requests for the service will be made through hospitals in the Williston area. The director of critical care service for Trinity Health, Lorrie Antos has stated that the service will fly patients anywhere they need to go.

24-Hour Air Ambulance Service

The aircraft will be operational for 24 hours a day throughout the week so as to ensure availability of service for patients in need at all hours of the day. It will be even be able to fly patients to hospitals outside of Williams County.

It will be available for transporting both adult and pediatric patients as well as pregnant patients who are in labor. Just like they’ve done with their Minot-based service, Trinity Health has collaborated with Executive Air Taxi Corp. for providing the aircraft along with pilots and maintenance experts.

Cornwall Air Ambulance Service Awarded with New Quality Standard

Cornwall Air Ambulance Service has received the prestigious Investing in Volunteers award, a quality standard recognizing the work it’s doing with volunteers. The first Cornwall-based organization to receive this national award is Coastline Housing, Cornwall Air Ambulance being the second. In order to qualify for the award, the charity had to prove its excellence in every aspect of its work with volunteers.

Volunteers Play a Vital Role in the Operations of Cornwall Air Ambulance

According to the air ambulance’s volunteer manager, Jackie Eastwood, the organization refers to their volunteers as their ground crew. This title is well-deserved as the volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that the air ambulance is operational. They enable the air ambulance service to complete 700 life-saving missions every year.

Eastwood also referred to the air ambulance’s volunteers as “the heartbeat” of their charity. She expressed her delight in being recognized for providing these volunteers with an environment where they can thrive.

Different Roles Undertaken by Volunteers at the Air Ambulance Service

Volunteers at Cornwall Air Ambulance play a wide variety of crucial roles. Some of them work in charity shops across the country, ensuring that the charity receives the funding it requires to remain operational. Some volunteers are in charge of collecting money jars and counting them, contributing to the proper funding of the charity.

The charity’s volunteers are also in charge of giving presentations that educate community organizations and schools about the life-saving work carried out by the air ambulance. Some volunteers help in staffing events, while others handle the administrative work at the charity’s headquarters. Even the trustees of the charity are volunteers.

Cornwall Air Ambulance is always on the lookout for people to fill up their volunteer positions. They are currently looking for volunteers for HQ reception, events volunteer, charity shop assistants, jar collectors, speakers for community talks, and count room volunteers.

Special Designation Awarded to Wellmont’s Air Ambulance Service

Wellmont’s dedicated air ambulance service, WellmontOne Air Transport, has managed to achieve a special designation to recognize the quality of its service. The company has been delivering emergency care and transport in the region for nearly a decade. WellmontOne Air Transport has been provided with full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems for the next three years.

WellmontOne’s Preparation Paid Off

The air ambulance service has been thoroughly preparing for almost a year. And after making a rigorous, two-day site visit the evaluators have deemed the program worthy of granting full accreditation. The Commission inspected and examined several aspects of WellmontOne’s operations. It also ensured that the service has a dedicated support structure and comprehensive safety services before deciding on granting the service with this status.

The COO and EVP of Wellmont Health System, Eric Deaton has expressed the company’s admiration for WellmontOne’s medical staff and pilot and their relentless commitment. The team has been able to provide exceptional care to patients experiencing medical conditions that are potentially life-threatening.

Thorough Inspection of Air Ambulance Service

During their on-site visit, the evaluators carefully reviewed the aviation and safety processes of WellmontOne as well as its quality assurance. They inspected the way they stock their supplies in the helicopter, ensuring that the helicopter is fully equipped with all the medication and critical care equipment required for providing patient care.

The evaluators also found it crucial to analyze the quality improvement standards of WellmontOne. According to the director of flight services for WellmontOne, Anita Perry, a major strength is the kind of support provided for the program by top administrators in the health system.

The base for WellmontOne is at Bristol Motor Speedway. The program has catered to the emergency service requirements of residents in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee since 2008.

New Landing Site Makes Night Flights Possible for Devon Air Ambulance Service

Devon Air Ambulance joins the growing list of air ambulance service providers who are extending their services to provide night flights. A new community landing site has been prepared at the Broadclyst Recreation Field, so that the service’s helicopter will be able to land safely at night.

Lighting Installed at New Landing Site

The new landing site at the Recreation Field has been fitted with lighting that will facilitate emergency night operations for the air ambulance service. The lighting will be remotely operated by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services. Broadclyst Parish Council will be looking after the new landing facility.

A part of the funding for this new facility has been covered by the Parishes Together Fund, run by the Devon County Council and the East Devon District Council. Devon Air Ambulance also received funding from fines through the Bank Libor. These banking fines were able to cover part of the funding for the facility as well.

Essential Night Time Air Ambulance Service for Broadclyst

According to statements from a member of the decision making panel of the Parishes Together Fund, the floodlit landing site will ensure that paramedics can safely reach the heart of the Broadclyst community and deliver crucial medical transport service even at night. The panel has expressed their excitement to provide the project with necessary funding.

Devon Air Ambulance’s Community Landing Sites Officer, Toby Russell expressed the team’s delight for the night landing site, which is now operational. The air ambulance crew will be able to provide emergency service till midnight every day. They also expect to provide their services for longer when they further extend their operations in the future.

Since the project has received sufficient funding from Libor bank fines and the Parish Together Fund, it has been nearly cost-neutral for the community.

Upgrade on Schedule for Midlands Air Ambulance Service

Midlands Air Ambulance Service has reported that they are on schedule with their project to upgrade their fleet. The charity is investing in a new H145 helicopter that will enable them to save more lives in their air ambulance operations. If everything goes as planned, the new helicopter will be joining their charity’s existing fleet in January 2018.

New Helicopter Already Made First Flight

Although the new helicopter hasn’t yet joined the fleet, it has already made its first flight in early October. It was built at the Airbus headquarters located in Donauworth, Germany. The flight was made to the U.K. so it could undergo equipment fit-out, which took place at the headquarters of Babcock Missions Critical Services in Staverton, Gloucestershire.

Babcock Missions Critical Services is the aviation partner of Midlands Air Ambulance Service. According to the charity’s chief executive Hanna Sebright, the state-of-the-art helicopter is on schedule. They made the decision to invest in a larger helicopter, which cost them £7 million, so that they can continue to provide exceptional pre-hospital care to patients in need.

Sebright also said that the charity was able to make the purchase with the help of ongoing support from the public. They also received a grant worth £1 million from banking fines. By making this investment, the charity hopes to reduce their overall operational costs and improve their sustainability.

New Air Ambulance Service Helicopter to be Based in Shropshire

The new helicopter for Midlands Air Ambulance is registered as G-RMAA and will be operated from the charity’s base in Shropshire. As of now, the charity owns an EC135 helicopter. It also leases two other EC135 helicopters from BMCS. The charity will continue to lease one of the helicopters while the other will be replaced by the new G-RMAA.