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Med-Trans Adds 6th Helicopter to LIFE FORCE

Lewisville, Texas, July 24, 2017 - Med-Trans Corporation is adding a sixth helicopter to LIFE FORCE, a partnership with Erlanger Health System. The newest LIFE FORCE twin-engine Airbus H135 will be based in Andrews, N.C. at the Western Carolina Regional Airport. 

Addition of the LIFE FORCE rotary wing aircraft brings its fleet to six helicopters, four dual-engine aircraft equipped for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and two single-engine aircraft that operate under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Erlanger provides the clinical team for LIFE FORCE medical operations and Med Trans Corporation provides pilots and mechanics for the aeromedical service, along with Airbus H135 and Bell 407 helicopters.

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CHATTANOOGA TN -- Erlanger Health System officials announced today that LIFE FORCE plans to add a sixth helicopter to its fleet of air ambulances in August. The new LIFE FORCE air ambulance, operated by Med-Trans Corporation, will be based in Andrews, North Carolina at the Western Carolina Regional Airport outside of Murphy, North Carolina. Erlanger Health System also announced that they have signed a letter of intent with Murphy Medical Center.

"We are extremely pleased that LIFE FORCE is now expanding 'critical care in the air' services even further into the western North Carolina region," said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, President and CEO of the Erlanger Health System. "Placement of this helicopter is the result of several years of solid relationship building with surrounding hospitals and the support of state and local elected officials and enables thousands of residents to quicker access to regional facilities like Erlanger Health System when they need it most."

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UF Health ShandsCair Helicopter arrives in Bay County


A UF Health ShandsCair helicopter landed on the hospital's helipad Tuesday afternoon marking Bay Medical Sacred Heart's partnership with Shands and Med-Trans Corporation.

The helicopter will service Florida's panhandle and help to cut down on the time trauma and cardiac patients have to wait to get the care needed.

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Angels in the Sky: Mercy Air Care

By Lynnette Grant

They have been flying through Siouxland skies for thirty years... and in those three decades, Mercy Air Care has helped saved the lives of countless people in the tri-state region. Nurses are an important part of any hospital staff, but the service Mercy Air Care nurses provide to the community go above and beyond. We decided to take a look at how their roles have changed over the last 30 years.

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An open letter to the Greenville community

Greenville Online By Tyler Gallagher, Guest Column

Dear Greenville communities,

For your extraordinary care, I will forever be grateful. After a devastating trauma that nearly took my life, I’m thankful to be alive this holiday season with my family and friends.

June 7 was a day that changed the way I view life. I was in Fountain Inn working on a statewide project to update storm water and sewer drains. But when I stepped onto the back of a 30,000-pound truck to guide a driver, the unexpected happened. I slipped off the back as the truck continued in reverse. The accident happened so fast, the weight pressed my mid-section and upper legs, crushing my pelvic region and causing massive internal bleeding. As first responders from Fountain Inn Fire Department and Greenville County EMS stabilized me for flight, a woman cradled my head and reassured me. A paramedic put sunglasses over my eyes because the sun was so bright.

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Med-Trans Bases First Air Ambulance Helicopter in Baldwin County, Ala.

Med-Trans Corporation, a national air medical transport leader, has based a Bell 407 GPX air ambulance helicopter in Baldwin County, Ala. in partnership with Medstar Emergency Medical Services. Flying with the name Medstar Air Care 1, Medstar EMS provides paramedics for the crews, while Med-Trans provides the helicopter, pilots and nurses.
Medstar EMS is owned and operated by Lifeguard Ambulance Service, which transports patients via ground ambulance from multiple bases in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Both Lifeguard and Med-Trans are part of Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., a leading provider of air and ground ambulance programs throughout the U.S.
"Med-Trans is very pleased to be able to place and operate the first Baldwin County based air medical helicopter, which will improve critical care transports in the area," said Med-Trans President Rob Hamilton. "With this multimillion dollar investment, we look forward to continuing to effectively serve the region with Medstar EMS."

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Shands celebrates 35 years of helicopter patient transport

The Independent Florida Alligator 

By Janine Wolf, Contributing Writer 

Barry Gebhard, a lead pilot with UF Health’s critical-care transport system, has saved a lot of lives during his 24 years of flying helicopters, but one patient stands out.

“Blond hair and the biggest blue eyes,” he said of an about 6-year-old girl, who he flew from out-of-state a day after she was released from the hospital for previous injuries in a car accident that killed both her parents. Despite the situation, Gebhard said it was her smile and chipper attitude that made the girl memorable.

“We see some really horrible things — this wasn’t it,” he said.

Gebhard was one of the 130 first-responders who attended the celebration Saturday morning for the 35th anniversary of UF Health’s ShandsCair. Since its launch in 1981, the program has saved about 72,000 lives nationally and internationally.

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SkyHealth serves 21 hospitals in NYC metro area

Pro Pilot Magazine 

By Kenneth Solosky 

As the Northwell Health System (formerly North Shore LIJ Health System) grew over the last 25 years into a system of 21 hospitals in the New York City metropolitan area, one problem continued to grow and needed a solution.

The infamous congestion of the New York City metropolitan area was impacting on the company's ability to transport patients within their network of hospitals. A 20-mile drive that should have taken 30 minutes would actually take several hours in heavy traffic. It was obvious that a better solution was needed. This is how the 1st hospital-based helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in the New York area was born.

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Life Force One Has New Base In Cleveland

Life Force One was officially welcomed to its new base in Cleveland on Wednesday. 

An open house will be held Saturday for the public, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Life Force hangar and crew quarters at the Cleveland Regional Jetport. Many Cleveland and Bradley County officials attended along with community organizations like the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority and business leaders.

Mayor Tom Rowland and Cleveland City Council members Avery Johnson, Charlie McKenzie and Dale Hughes were part of the city delegation. They greeted officials from the Erlanger Health System, MedTrans Corporation and Life Force.

Speakers included Robbie Tester, vice president of operations and administrator of Life Force; Dr. Donald Barker, Life Force medical director; Kevin Spiegal, president and CEO, Erlanger Health System; Rob Hamilton, MedTrans Corporation, president and CEO; D. Gary Davis, Bradley County Mayor; Tom Rowland, Cleveland Mayor.

Life Force has helicopter ambulances stationed at Winchester, Sparta and Cleveland plus Blue Ridge and Calhoun in Georgia, Mr. Tester said.

Life Force began operations in December, 1988 with a single helicopter based in Chattanooga, said Mr. Tester. One of the first patients was from the Cleveland area, he said. Moving the Life Force air ambulances, he said, puts them in strategic locations that bring care closer to the patients.

Mr. Spiegal applauded the partnerships of local governments, regional hospitals, emergency medical and fire services. "You are an integral part of life saving,"  he said.

Mayor Rowland said "I am so thankful our City Council voted to enter a partnership with MedTrans so our city residents can fly at no cost or a reduced cost to themselves. That's very important to our people."

Mayor Rowland added that Life Force One carries more patients than any other helicopter in the system due to its strategic location in the region.

Life Force has been an important part of Bradley County for a long time, Mayor Davis said. "Thank you for your commitment with a physical presence now in our community."

The ceremony began with the Cleveland Fire Department Honor Guard posting the colors and a prayer by Rev. Jeremy Lambert, Erlanger chaplain. Base Manager Derek Ball moderated the program.

ASU Completes 1000th FAA Approved NVIS Modification

(Boise, Idaho — August 3, 2016) Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced today that it completed its 1000th FAA approved night vision cockpit modification. This modification was completed on a Bell 407GXP at Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) in Blountville, Tennessee for MED TRANS Air Medical Transport ( Med-Trans Corp).

“Achieving our 1000th FAA Certified Cockpit Modification is a major milestone for Aviation Specialties Unlimited,” said ASU Director of Training and Chief Pilot Justin Watlington.  “In more than 20 years we have modified aircraft all over the world.  We could not have reached this milestone without the support of companies like Wysong Enterprises and customers like MED-TRANS Corporation.”

In 21 years ASU has modified 47 Bell 206 and 127 Bell 407s.

The Bell 407GXP is the latest upgrade to the best-selling Bell 407 platform, with added value through class leading performance, payload capability and operating economics. With an additional 50 lbs (22.5 kg) of carrying capability, coupled with the new M250 Rolls-Royce engine that boosts power and fuel efficiency, the Bell 407GXP delivers best in class hot and high performance. The aircraft also features avionics improvements such as the hover performance calculator, as well as a transmission TBO extension of +500 hours.

ASU is like us in many ways.  As a small, privately owned company, we take pride in delivering superior customer service,” said Wysong, Inc., Founder and Owner Steve Wysong.  “We go above and beyond for our customers.  We understand operators have a choice and we work hard to make sure that every completion that is done at Wysong is handled with the utmost care and customer service.  Likewise, ASU is a company that has provided extraordinary customer service to Wysong. ASU is a great company to work with.  They have been a good partner for us and we are happy to be able to continue to work with them. We want to thank ASU for this recognition today and congratulations to them on their 1000th FAA Certified cockpit modification.”

Med- Trans Corp., was among the first air medical units to have its entire fleet NVIS compatible.

“We were pleased to learn that our new aircraft was the 1000th FAA certified cockpit modification completed by ASU,” said Med-Trans Corporation Director of Maintenance Josh Brannon.  “ASU has been a long standing source for all of our NVG needs. Over the years we have had numerous aircraft modified by ASU.  The experience they have and the support they provide are critical to our operation.  We have a diverse fleet of aircraft and ASU has an extensive STC list.  That is why we continue to request that they modify our aircraft.  Congratulations to the entire team at ASU for achieving this milestone.”

A complete listing of ASU’s STCs and capabilities can be found at

Med-Trans’ Wings Air Rescue Program Celebrates 20 Years

Deep in the heart of Tennessee, surrounded by the majestic Smoky Mountains, is the birthplace of Wings Air Rescue air medical transport services.  For the past 20 years and more than 23,000 safe transports, the citizens of the surrounding communities have counted on Wings Air Rescue to bring state of the art medicine to them in their hour of need.

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Med-Trans Selects IRIS for Enhanced Flight Data Monitoring, Tracking, and Communications

Med-Trans Corp. has partnered with Outerlink Global Solutions and Metro Aviation to provide IRIS flight data tracking, monitoring and communications.  This advanced technology is much more than simply flight tracking or flight data monitoring, but rather it is all encompassing.

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Med-Trans Acquires MidAtlantic MedEvac

Med-Trans Corp. is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the MidAtlantic MedEvac air medical program headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.

MidAtlantic MedEvac began in 1987 as a traditional hospital based program of Hahnemann Hospital, providing emergency care for scene transports as well as inter-hospital transports.  The geographical coverage area for MidAtlantic MedEvac includes eastern Pennsylvania, southeastern New York, New Jersey, Delaware and northeastern Maryland.  These regions are served by air medical locations based in; Pottstown, PA, Vineland, NJ and Woodbine, NJ.

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Med-Trans Partners with Ochsner Health System

Med-Trans Corporation and Ochsner Health System of Louisiana announced today their newly formed partnership, with Med-Trans becoming the air medical operator of the Ochsner Flight Care program.

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Med-Trans Corporation Takes Delivery of 24th H135

Med-Trans Corporation, a leading provider of air medical transport services, has taken delivery of a new H135 helicopter, the 24th Airbus Helicopters, Inc. H135 to be placed into service for Med-Trans since 2007.

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St. Mary’s of Michigan - FlightCare Partners with Med-Trans for Air Medical Services

A new FlightCare helicopter is now flying the skies over the NE Michigan region to transport critically ill or injured patients to St. Mary’s of Michigan.

St. Mary’s has partnered with Med-Trans Corporation to grow their air ambulance program. With this new partnership, Med-Trans is providing a new helicopter and assuming business operations.

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Med-Trans’ North Colorado Med Evac Program Adds Third Helicopter

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.

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Med-Trans Expands Life Air Rescue Services

Med-Trans Corp. has announced the expansion of their Life Air Rescue air medical program, adding a second base in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The life saving program will serve the region 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning mid-September.

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UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Hospital Partners with Med-Trans Corp. for Air Medical Services

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital has finalized an agreement with Med-Trans Corp. to become the new aviation partner for Lifeguard Air Ambulance.

Over the past several months St. Luke’s evaluated multiple opportunities to strengthen its air ambulance program.

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David Carr Joins Med-Trans Corp as Safety Director

We are pleased to announce that David Carr has accepted the position of Safety Director for Med-Trans Corporation (MTC), beginning his position Feb. 14th.   Mr. Carr is a proven safety professional and leader in the aviation industry, having earned numerous safety-related awards and certifications.

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