Air Alliance Medflight Wins Coveted Award for Air Ambulance Companies

Air Alliance Medflight has been chosen as the Air Ambulance Provider of the Year for 2017 by the International Travel and Health Insurance Journal. The award is highly coveted among air ambulance companies and was regularly won by REVA during the previous years. This year, the honour went to Air Alliance because of their outstanding service and improvement in the field.

Three Air Ambulance Companies were Finalists

Every year, the International Travel and Health Insurance Journal choose finalists for the award, out of which they decide on which one is the most deserving. This year, the three finalists for the Air Ambulance Provider of the Year award were Air Alliance Medflight, ACE Air & Ambulance (Pvt) Ltd, and Tyrol Air Ambulance GmBH.

The winners of the award were announced on Thursday, November 9 in Barcelona. In addition to the Air Ambulance Provider of the Year award, ITIJ gave out several other awards such as the International Travel and Health Insurer of the Year award, the Medical Provider of the Year award, the Specialist Service Provider of the Year award, and more.

Each of these awards had different sponsors. For the Air Ambulance Provider of the Year award, the official sponsor was UC San Diego Health. A representative of UC San Diego Health, Larry Baker said that Air Alliance was chosen because they proved themselves to be worthy winners amidst all the other air ambulance companies, which were strong competitors.

Factors to Play a Role in their Win

The decision to name Air Alliance as Air Ambulance Company of the Year 2017 resulted from the company’s commitment to update their fleet and maintain continuous growth. The company also has international setups, which gave them an even bigger reason to win. Air Alliance has bases in the U.K, Austria, and Germany.

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.

New Dedicated Air Ambulance Service Introduced for Organ Transplant Patients

Intermountain Life Flight has partnered with Intermountain Donor Services to invest in a dedicated air ambulance jet for organ transplant patients. The jet is a Cessna Citation/CJ4 and costs $7 million. It will be used for collecting donor organs for patients who are in need of organs in Utah. The air ambulance service will also transport organ transplant patients as necessary.

Safer Patient Transport with New Jet

According to Intermountain Life Flight’s executive director, Pam Moore, the company has been receiving a lot more requests for patient transport across the country within the past couple of years. With the new jet, they will be able to fulfil those requests quickly and efficiently. They will also be able to provide a much safer environment for transporting patients in need.

The new jet is a lot faster than all the other aircrafts in their fleet. While turbopop aircrafts fly at a speed of 310 miles per hour, the new air ambulance service jet flies at 500 miles per hour. It can fly at a height of up to 45,000 feet, while the older aircrafts can only fly up to 30,000 feet. This means they will be able to avoid weather complications much more easily.

In addition to this, the new jet will be able to fly longer distances as it can fly for up to 2,100 miles without making a fuel stop. The turbopop aircrafts can only travel for 1,200 miles till it requires a refuelling.

Faster Air Ambulance Service for Organ Transplant

With the new jet being much faster, the company will be able to fly quickly enough to make organ deliveries when needed. They have been struggling with the issue of transporting organs for a while. The new jet allows them to reach organ recipients across the country much faster than before.

Better Business Bureau Awards Georgia-Based Medical Flight Service with A+ Rating

Better Business Bureau has awarded Medway Air Ambulance, a Georgia-based medical flight service with an A+ rating. This new rating means the air ambulance meets the standards of trust set by BBB and provides customers with added confidence in their practices and service.

Medway Air Ambulance is also participating in the online logo linking program set up by the Better Business Bureau. This means that when people click on the BBB logo on the company’s website, they will be taken directly to the Reliability Report and Rating compiled by BBB. This report will help them get better information about the air ambulance and their practices.

Medway’s Focus to Provide Top-Quality Medical Flight Service

According to Medway Air Ambulance’s program director, Mark Chapman RN, the company’s focus has always been on providing their clients with safe transport and medical care. As a result of their outstanding report of providing high-quality service and compassionate care, Medway Air Ambulance has made a name as one of the best fixed wing air ambulance providers in the country.

Medway’s fleet comprises of state-of-the-art Learjets equipped with top medical equipment and operated by highly-trained medical personnel. The air ambulance provides neo-natal transport and medical flight service around the world. Their service runs throughout the year for 24 hours every day.

Accreditation from Reputable Organizations

Medway Air Ambulance has been accredited by Eurami and has been awarded a Gold Rating by ARGUS International. The company partners with all the major insurance companies and is capable of coordinating medical ground transportation for their patients to be transported to and from medical facilities. This means that Medway Air Ambulance takes care of all the necessary arrangements for their clients. The company has been in operation since 1987 and has been responsible for the safe transportation of patients and their families till today.

Hours of Medical Flight Operations to Be Extended for Cornwall Air Ambulance

After Yorkshire Air Ambulance decided to extend their hours of operations, Cornwall Air Ambulance has followed suit. The air ambulance will be available for medical flight operations for longer hours every day. These extended hours are currently under a 12-month trial period and the charity will choose to either continue or discontinue with it depending on how well it performs.

Additional Shift to be Covered by Two Paramedics

As of now, the charity’s helicopter crew is available on call for 12 hours a day from 7:30 AM till 7:30 PM. Even if the weather is too bad for the helicopter to fly, they still respond to emergencies using their critical care cars. The medical flight crew will continue to be on call during the same timeframe even under the new trial.

But in addition to this, there will be an additional shift that will be covered by two critical care paramedics. These paramedics will respond to medical emergencies between 6:00 PM and 2:00 AM by road between Wednesday and Sunday.

Trial of Extended Medical Flight Hours to Help Assess Demand

According to the charity’s chief executive, Paula Martin, their historical data has shown that there is a drop in demand for critical care emergencies after 7:30 PM. However, the charity has seen some examples in which serious incidents required emergency response outside of their normal hours of operations. The charity plans to help address medical transport need for these types of incidents.

The two paramedics will be using critical care cars, which carry advanced life-saving equipment just like their helicopters. By launching this trial period for extended hours of operations, Cornwall Air Ambulance hopes to be able to accurately assess the actual demand of critical care emergencies after their normal hours of operations.

New North Platte Medical Flight Service Plane Takes Flight

The newest fixed-wing medical airplane to service North Platte took flight on Saturday, October 21. It was the same day that organizers were preparing to commemorate the new medical flight service plane with an open house. The crew attended to a patient who needed to be flown out from Great Plains Health.

Need for Medical Flight Service Anticipated Correctly by Air Methods

Air Methods had seen that there was a need for a fixed-wing medical fight plane in the region. The fixed-wing, PC-12 airplane joined the existing fleet of one medical helicopter in April of 2017. The call for service on the first day of it being in operation is proof that Air Methods had correctly anticipated the need for an extra aircraft, according to Air Methods spokesperson, Ryan Penrose.

With this new airplane, the crew will be able to reach cities much faster compared to a helicopter. While it would take them an hour to reach Denver by helicopter, the same trip would take only 45 minutes with the new fixed-wing airplane. The medical airplane will mostly be used for inter-hospital transfers while the helicopter will have more use in responding to emergency situations.

Aircraft to be Dispatched on Case-By-Case Basis

Despite their specific suitability, the medical flight service team will determine whether it would be better to send a fixed-wing aircraft or a helicopter for each case. When they receive a request, the Omaha dispatch center and the Denver control center will work together to see which paths and aircraft is the most suitable and available at the moment.

Patients who are transported on the new aircraft will be able to access all the high-quality medical equipment just like ICU patients do. The aircraft will also be able to transport any patient from premature babies to overweight adult patients.

Deal to Expand Air Ambulance Service in the Works for UVM Medical Center

Burlington-based University of Vermont Medical Center could be seeing a lot more landings on their helicopter pad next year. Executives of the hospital are currently negotiating a contract with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team to expand their air ambulance service. According to UVM Medical Center’s president and COO, Eileen Whalen, they expect to complete the deal by the end of the month.

Scope of Expanded Air Ambulance Service

The service is intended to ensure that patients with acute health problems such as neonatal illnesses, heart attacks, or strokes can be provided with quick and high-quality medical care. It is intended to help save more lives. However, the service will not be extended to patients in emergency situations such as accidents.

At the moment, ground ambulances are used for transporting patients between all 13 hospitals covered within the service area of UVM Medical Center. With the expanded service, the hospital helipad will see an increase in air ambulance landings every year.

Agreement in the Works with DHARTS

To expand their air ambulance service, UVM Medical Center does not intend to buy a helicopter of its own. Instead, they will staff a helicopter provided by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team. This helicopter will be based out of Burlington and bear the logo of the UVM Health Network.

This new service will help UVM Medical Center in their attempts to restructure the options for emergency transport in their 40,000-square-mile service area covering New York and Vermont. For patients within this region, it is the nearest academic hospital that provides top-level trauma care in case of serious health issues.

It is yet uncertain whether or not the state Green Mountain Care Board will need to provide UVM Medical Center with regulatory approval.

Woman to Take on Dalai Lama Trek to Raise Funds for Air Ambulance Service

A woman has taken on the challenge to complete a trek through the Himalayan foothills in an attempt to honor the memory of her brother, Gerry, whom she lost in a car crash. Her attempt will also help raise funds for the air ambulance service that tried to save her brother’s life following the accident.

A Five-Day Expedition for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

Nathalie Prodano, a technical coordinator for Barratt Homes, Watford, will begin her expedition on October 26. The Dalai Lama Trekking Challenge involves participants undertaking a daunting trek for 52kms for a period of five days. By taking on this challenge, Nathalie will be raising funds for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, which played a huge role in trying to save her brother’s life.

The air ambulance service managed to save the life of her niece, Kamiylah. Although they also successfully transported Gerry to the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries after four and a half months. Nathalie has decided to honor his memory by going on a very personal journey, which they would often talk about together.

Attempt to Raise Awareness about the Air Ambulance Service

Nathalie said that in addition to honoring her brother’s memory, her effort is also intended for raising awareness about the life-saving service provided by Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. She explained that the charity continues to save lives despite the high cost of running their operations.

Before Nathalie departs for India, she will also ensure that Kamiylah reunites with the air ambulance team that saved her life. Those who wish to make a contribution to Nathalie for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance can do so through the official website of Virgin Money Giving, where she has set up a fundraising page.

New Reach Air Medical Service Helicopter to Cater to Montana Residents

REACH Air Medical Service has announced that a new type of helicopter will be serving the Bozeman, Montana region. Their Bozeman base will be provided with a new Airbus H125 helicopter to improve the quality of service in the region. They chose the model specifically to fulfil the service requirements in Montana.

New aircraft Offers Increased Safety

The new Airbus H125 is specifically suitable for service in Montana because it has high-reliability rates and is capable to fly in higher-altitude regions. The model also has safety features that make it ideal for service in the region. It is also customized to be used in air medical service, having the capacity to transport a three-person flight team along with the patient.

REACH has further enhanced the capability of the aircraft by equipping it with night-vision goggles and autopilot systems. The helicopter also has snow pads to increase landing safety during winters and advanced terrain awareness warning systems to improve navigation. All of these features will optimize the level of safety and quality of service provided by REACH.

These features are all crucial for providing better air transportation service to patients in rural regions. REACH Air Medical President, Sean Russell has stated that the new H125 will help them in better serving patients in need.

Aircraft to be Manned by Highly Skilled Air Medical Service Staff

In addition to the aircraft being heavily equipped with high-level features, it will also be operated by a team of highly-skilled paramedics and pilots. REACH takes care to staff both of their Montana bases with highly-qualified teams. Both the Bozeman base and the Helena base have a 24/7 critical care transport team. This team comprises of a pilot, a flight paramedic, and a flight nurse. These highly-skilled clinicians are capable of providing ICU-level medical care to patients in need.

Access Credit Union Commits to Raising $350,000 for STARS Air Ambulance Service

After announcing their decision to raise funds for STARS Air Ambulance, Access Credit Union has since increased their commitment amount to $350,000, $100,000 higher than the announced commitment. The credit union will be working towards raising the amount within the next five years in order to support the air ambulance service.

Events Underway to Raise Funds

Access Credit Union has already organized a few events to begin their fundraising efforts. On September 14, they organized a charity golf tournament that raised $36,424. ACU also added a direct $25,000 boost to these funds.

Myrna Wiebe, COO of Access, also made a contribution of $61,424 from the recently-held event known as Rescue on the Island. As a result of all these efforts, the organization ended up writing a cheque for $95,534 for STARS Air Ambulance Service. This contribution is on top of the $250,000 five-year commitment made by the credit union.

STARS Air Ambulance Service was Chosen for its Valuable Contribution

According to Larry Davey, CEO of Access Credit Union, the organization chose to raise funds for STARS because of the valuable contribution the service has made for the communities they serve and for the Manitoba region. As a credit union, Davey stated that they’re compelled to invest in causes that result in better lives for their members.

STARS is a non-profit air ambulance charity that provides life-saving transportation service to critically ill or injured individuals. The charity requires $10 million for its annual operations, which is entirely funded by the public. In return, the service saves hundreds of lives each year. The service was able to fly 619 missions in Manitoba during 2016 alone.

Access Credit Union has been known for its contributions to charitable organizations. They were the first organization in Manitoba to have their logo displayed on a Manitoba STARS aircraft.