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Med-Trans Opens New AeroCare VIII Helicopter Base in Plainview, Texas

Denton, Texas, May 14, 2018 - Leading air medical transport company Med-Trans Corporation has opened a new AeroCare medical helicopter base in Plainview, Texas, joining a ground ambulance already operating there. A medically-equipped Bell 407 helicopter is now available at Hale County Airport to serve patients in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas.

"Med-Trans Corporation is pleased to be able to incorporate this additional resource to the area's healthcare assets," said Med-Trans President Rob Hamilton. "This expansion reflects years of successful air and ground medical transports and is a positive development for world-class patient care in the area."
AeroCare VIII joins seven other air medical locations in Texas and New Mexico, serving emergency air transport in a three-state region. Plainview is located between Amarillo and Lubbock.

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The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct
an accreditation site visit of:

Med-Trans Corporation on June 4 & 5, 2018

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AMGH Selects P&WC

AMGH has selected Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) for comprehensive engine services on approximately 250 P&WC helicopter and fixed wing engines. The umbrella agreement covers PW206 helicopter engines already maintained by P&WC in addition to a large number of PT6A fixed wing turboprop engines, which were previously not covered.

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Air Link Air Ambulance Service expands to include fixed wing aircraft and program management

SCOTTSBLUFF — Regional West announced Thursday that it is adding the management and oversight of a fixed wing aircraft to its Air Link air ambulance flight program. The new partnership will enhance Air Link’s air medical transport services with the fixed wing aircraft’s capability to travel longer distances, carry larger patient loads and safely fly in varying weather conditions.

Med-Trans Corporation, a leading air medical company, is partnering with Regional West to assist with adding the fixed wing aircraft to its helicopter services. The airplane will be based at Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff. The Air Link helicopter will continue to be based at the Regional West campus.

“We are excited to expand upon the exceptional service and advanced care that has been provided by the Air Link team throughout the region for over 20 years with the addition of the fixed wing aircraft program,” said John Mentgen, Regional West president and CEO. “This new partnership provides a comprehensive air ambulance transport system and furthers our commitment and expertise to provide excellent patient care services as the region’s Level II Trauma Center and acute care hospital. The expanse of western Nebraska poses unique challenges both for those who need care and for the health care providers charged with serving them, especially when the need is in rural areas. That is one of the reasons why reliable, quality air ambulance service is so vital for our region.”

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Med-Trans Partners With Care Flight To Serve Parts of California, Nevada

Denton, Texas, Feb. 14, 2018 - Leading national air medical transport company Med-Trans Corporation and Care Flight, a medical flight service of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), have partnered to provide helicopter medical service to large parts of Nevada and California.
"Care Flight is thrilled to partner with Med-Trans to provide rotor-wing critical care transportation across the region," said Dean Dow, president and chief executive officer, REMSA - Care Flight. "Med-Trans' safety record and its commitment to patient-care excellence made it an ideal partner for Care Flight."

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Med-Trans Now Operating From New Headquarters in Denton, Texas

Med-Trans New Headquarters at Denton Enterprise Airport.
Denton, Texas, Dec. 4, 2017 - National air medical transport leader Med-Trans Corporation has moved its headquarters operations into a new building at the Denton Enterprise Airport. The new 31,500 square foot facility includes 24,000 square feet of office and classroom space in addition to 7,500 square feet of hangar accommodations.

The facility becomes Med-Trans' principal base of operations, including the company's operational control center, maintenance control center and communications center. The facility also houses flight operations and maintenance training capabilities along with human patient simulation laboratories for clinical crew training.

More than 70 Med-Trans leadership and staff personnel have moved into the new building from facilities in Lewisville, Texas, that they shared with parent company Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. (AMGH). AMGH is expanding into the space vacated by Med-Trans.


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NEMSPA names Brad Simmons as pilot of the year

Lewisville, Texas, Oct. 30, 2017 -- Brad Simmons, Med-Trans Corporation base manager at Erlanger's Health System's Life Force Air Medical in Tennessee, has been named 2017 Pilot of the Year by the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA).

He was recognized for outstanding contributions to Emergency Medical Services defined as leadership, mentoring, technical knowledge and expertise, contributions to aviation or transport safety and/or overall personal professionalism. Selection was made by NEMSPA Board of Directors and presented at the annual awards dinner of the Association of Air Medical Services' Air Medical Transportation Conference held this year in Fort Worth, Texas.

"As one of our most tenured Life Force pilots, Brad Simmons has shown us what a true professional pilot looks like," said Robbie Tester, Vice President of Operations at Erlanger. "He goes above and beyond and has always been dedicated and committed to the profession. Over the last two years, Brad has been instrumental in ensuring that Life Force 5 is a high functioning base and continues to carry the standard of being world-class to a new market."

"Brad Simmons exemplifies the type of pilot leader that Med-Trans has throughout our organization," said Med-Trans President Rob Hamilton. "His positive contributions to our industry serve as a reminder of the advantages of selfless service and focus on safety as a core value."

After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Simmons was one of the Med-Trans pilots who flew to San Antonio, Texas as part of the disaster relief efforts. His willingness to fly a Life Force helicopter to Texas in order to help more people is a true statement of his character.

Simmons spent 20 years as a pilot for Erlanger Medical Centers Life Force and five years as Chief Pilot. He became Base Manager for Med- Trans as the organization transitioned to Med-Trans flight operations supporting medical teams from Erlanger. Previously, he was base lead for Pumpkin Air for more than nine years, spent five years as lead pilot for Careflight Harris Methodist and began his flying career in the U.S. Army.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education/fitness from Union University where he was junior-senior class president and played baseball for three years. He also graduated from the U.S. Army Flight School.

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Med-Trans celebrates 35 years of making a difference

Med-Trans Corporation has joined team members past and present along with their partners across 26 states to celebrate 35 years of safely making a difference in the outcomes of the patients they have served.

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Med-Trans And Colleton County Fire Rescue Open New SC Base

A community partnership began recently in South Carolina between Med-Trans Corporation and Colleton County Fire Rescue to form the recently launched CARE Flight program on June 15th, 2017. The hybrid partnership between Med-Trans and Colleton County Fire Rescue is a first in the state of South Carolina and is different from conventional HEMS programs across the nation. With this partnership, Med-Trans is responsible for providing the aircraft, pilots, flight nurses, and a mechanic, while Colleton County Fire Rescue is responsible for providing paramedics. This partnership is noted in the helicopter’s bold paint scheme which includes a winged Maltese Cross, the symbol for firefighters, with a Star of Life centered inside.

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Krista Haugen of Med-Trans Earns AAMS Jim Charlson Safety Award

Lewisville, Texas, Oct. 9, 2017 -- Krista Haugen, Director of Patient Safety and Medical Risk Management for Med-Trans Corporation since 2016, has been given the prestigious 2017 Jim Charlson Safety Award by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). AAMS' highest safety award, sponsored by Airbus Helicopters, Inc., recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the enhancement, development, and promotion of aviation safety.

After surviving a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service crash in Olympia, Wash. in 2005, a month after three of her colleagues perished in another crash, Krista found


Krista Haugen
herself in uncharted territory. She became aware that the magnitude of resources needed after this type of trauma was not available.

Haugen, a flight nurse, reached out to flight nurses Megan Hamilton, Teresa Keeler and Jonathan Godfrey, also HEMS crash survivors. They shared their post-crash experiences and recognized a gap in the air medical transport industry and they filled it. The need was clear and the Survivors Network for the Air Medical Community was born.

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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