SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- REACH Air Medical Services' (REACH) new base at Mather Airport in Sacramento, California is now operating 24/7 and has completed its first flight. "We are very excited to provide 24/7 life-saving emergency medical services to our hospital and EMS partners throughout the greater Sacramento area," says Eric Polan, Program Manager at the base.
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The base will be staffed 24/7 with nationally certified Flight Nurses and Paramedics along with highly skilled aviation staff and dedicated maintenance support to maintain the highest availability possible to support the region.
Sean Russell, President of REACH states, "REACH has been providing emergency air medical transports to Northern California patients for more than 27 years. We are pleased to expand our services with a new helicopter at this base." He adds, "REACH has provided patient transport services to the Sacramento region for many years using an airplane, but we now offer the expanded capabilities of a new EC135 helicopter. This allows us to better serve our EMS and hospital partners within the Sacramento region augmenting our Stockton, Marysville and Redding bases. The EC135 helicopter was chosen to serve the area because it has a larger capacity to carry patients and crew." This aircraft is capable of airspeeds of up to 150 miles per hour, and is equipped with night vision goggles to enhance safety of nighttime operations.
REACH is part of the AirMedCare Network—the nation's largest air medical transport membership program—which covers out-of-pocket expenses in the event of an emergency air transport by REACH or another AirMedCare Network provider. For a low-cost annual fee, individuals and companies may join more than 1.5 million members who receive coverage from more than 200 air transport locations in 27 states coast to coast.
About REACH Air Medical Services
REACH Medical Holdings, LLC, headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, operates REACH Air Medical Services and Cal-Ore Life Flight providing critical care air and ground transport service to communities throughout California, Oregon and Southern Texas. REACH has provided safe, patient-centered care for more than 27 years and successfully transported more than 90,000 patients. REACH employs hundreds of highly-trained nurses, medics, pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians to provide service to patients utilizing a fleet of 18 medically equipped helicopters, eight airplanes, and nine ground ambulances. REACH and Cal-Ore Life Flight are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS), which is the gold standard for patient care and safety for air medical transport services. For more information, visit www.REACHair.com.
About AirMedCare Network
REACH Air Medical Services is part of the AirMedCare Network. AirMedCare is America's largest air medical transport membership network, providing emergency access for the highest level of care for its 1.5 million members. The AirMedCare Network combines the membership programs of many leading air ambulance operators in 27 states from more than 200 air transport locations. For more information about memberships, visit www.airmedcarenetwork.com.
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