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North Colorado Med Evac adds third helicopter

 

New Bell 407 aircraft to be located in Eastern Colorado

DALLAS, TX (Nov. 6, 2013) -- Med-Trans Corp. and North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC), a Banner Health facility, have announced the expansion of its North Colorado Med Evac air medical transport program with the addition of a third Bell 407 medical helicopter. The aircraft and medical flight crew will be based at the Colorado Plains Regional Airport (Akron, CO) and begin operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week effective January 16, 2014.

Tom Rohlfs, V.P. of Business Development for Med-Trans Corporation stated, “North Colorado Med Evac has done an incredible job serving the region and providing critical care to patients throughout the Front Range area as well as to Northeastern Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Northwest Kansas. The additional location allows North Colorado Med Evac to continue providing an indispensable service that will greatly benefit patients in eastern Colorado counties with an even more timely medical response when time is of the essence.”

Previously known as AirLife of Greeley, North Colorado Med Evac recently celebrated the anniversary of its 32nd year of service. Known for its excellence in safety, the flight teams have completed over 18,000 incident-free flights since the first flight in 1982. “We are recognized as an industry leader in safety and clinical care,” said Daniel Beckle, North Colorado Med Evac’s program manager. “The North Colorado Med Evac staff and crew will be able to work even more closely with hospitals and first-responder services throughout eastern Colorado, western Kansas and southwest Nebraska. This is really a win-win opportunity for all involved.”

"The addition of this third Med Evac helicopter is going to have a significant impact on achieving life-saving interventions, particularly for stroke and cardiac events, for the residents of Northeastern Colorado,” said John Gardner, chief executive officer of the Yuma District Hospital.
The North Colorado Med Evac program currently has two helicopters, one located at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, CO., and one based at the Erie Municipal Airport in Erie, CO. These air medical programs transport patients on Bell 407 helicopters designed to facilitate optimal patient care. The aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art safety equipment and features, such as night vision goggles, radar altimeters, GPS navigation, satellite tracking and communications and helicopter terrain alert warning systems (HTAWS). The familiar red, white and blue color scheme will be continued on the new aircraft.

Each helicopter carries a medical flight crew consisting of a pilot, a registered nurse and a paramedic. Staff members are trained to provide superior clinical care. A total of four full-time pilots, four registered nurses, four paramedics, four part-time clinical staff and one aircraft mechanic will be added to the existing Med Evac staff to serve the new Akron-based aircraft.

“The Med Evac program’s medical staff provides continuing education for EMS providers in our service area, exceptional emergency and critical patient care and community outreach programs,” said Rick Sutton, chief executive officer of Banner Health Northern Colorado. “Our relationship with the dedicated and exceptional EMS agencies, dispatch personnel and hospital staff in this area is highly valued. We look forward to continuing our relationships while serving them on an expanded basis.”

CAMTS accredited since 1996, North Colorado Med Evac offers helicopter air ambulance services to North Colorado Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Denver, Denver Health Hospital and Boulder Community Hospital as well as other regional hospitals.

With aircraft based in Greeley, CO and Erie, CO, North Colorado Med Evac provides 24-hour emergency care for area hospitals in more than 50 counties covering more than 90,000 square miles, across Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. The program began in 1982, as Air Life Greeley. In 2008, Banner Health and Med Trans Corporation partnered to form North Colorado Med Evac, adding a second base in Erie, CO. The North Colorado Med Evac helicopters are licensed as mobile intensive care units and are equipped with extensive life support equipment essential to providing care to patients in life-threatening and emergency conditions. North Colorado Med Evac’s dedicated team of highly specialized flight nurses, paramedics and pilots are prepared to meet needs of the most critically ill patient. 

Med-Trans Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of air ambulance programs throughout the United States. A proven solution to our partners, Med-Trans offers an array of customized air medical program designs including hybrid models, community based models or traditional hospital-based models. The company’s extensive fleet rapidly delivers teams of highly trained professionals to patients, striving to provide the patient with the best possible outcome.  For more information, please visit: www.med-trans.net.

North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, not-for-profit facility licensed to operate 378 beds. As a part of the Banner Health organization, NCMC serves as a regional medical center with community-based and specialty services in a service area including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas, and northeastern Colorado.  NCMC is the largest hospital service provider in the region.  Among the many exceptional services offered through the medical center are The CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado with a comprehensive cardiovascular program including open heart surgery; Monfort Family Birth Center with a Level II neonatal intensive care unit; North Colorado Med Evac emergency helicopter transport; Western States Burn Center; comprehensive Cancer Institute; Level II trauma-designated Emergency Department; and ortho/neuroscience services.

North Colorado Medical Center has been named as a HealthGrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ 2012, 2013; a Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals™; and Becker’s Hospital Review  “100 Great Hospitals in America, 2013”. NCMC has also received designation as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center of Excellence and a Beacon Award for clinical excellence in intensive care. The Leapfrog Group rated NCMC with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

 

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