EagleMed launches ground ambulance service in western Kansas

8/10/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

WICHITA — EagleMed LLC, an air medical transport company, has begun inter-facility ground ambulance service in Great Bend as the preferred provider for Great Bend Regional Hospital.

With this latest expansion in western Kansas, EagleMed now operates a fleet of airplanes, helicopters and ground ambulances from 29 locations in 10 states, including Garden City. The Great Bend site will provide ground vehicle inter-facility critical care transportation, and it will also be a backup for emergency calls to the Great Bend Fire Department for Emergency Medical Service transport.

"EagleMed is pleased to work with Great Bend Regional Hospital and the community in advancing critical care transport for the city and throughout the region," EagleMed President Larry Bugg said in a press release. "The people of Great Bend will find that each of EagleMed's employees has a servant's heart and a caring approach to patient care."

EagleMed is locating a new Osage ambulance at Great Bend's St. Rose Ambulatory and Urgent Care Center. The site will be staffed by six paramedics and six emergency medical technicians with advanced clinical certifications who will provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. EagleMed's clinical staff maintains the highest level of continuing education and competencies, the release said.

"At the request of our partners in Great Bend, EagleMed conducted a careful analysis and determined that providing critical care ground ambulance support to complement our existing fixed-wing and rotor-wing air medical transport coverage was practical for that community," Jim Gregory of James Gregory Consultancy LLC, said in an email to The Telegram.

Gregory said EagleMed is not actively looking for other opportunities for ground ambulance operations in the region, "but any future ground ambulance growth decisions will be based on careful due diligence and the ability to justify and sustain those types of operations."

The Great Bend critical care ambulance will be dispatched from EagleMed's state-of-the-art communications center at company headquarters in Wichita. The service company's location in Great Bend adds to the organization's reach throughout Kansas. Other Kansas locations served include Goodland with Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing air medical transport; Hays with American Eurocopter helicopter air medical transport; Garden City with Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing air medical transport and American Eurocopter helicopter air medical transport;

Also, Liberal with Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing air medical transport; Dodge City, Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing air medical transport; Chanute, American Eurocopter helicopter air medical transport; Pittsburg, American Eurocopter helicopter air medical transport; and Wichita with Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing air medical transport and American Eurocopter helicopter air medical transport.

EagleMed is a membership-supported air ambulance service that is part of the AirMedCare Network.

AirMedCare is the nation's largest air medical membership network, providing care and access for its 1.5 million members. The AirMedCare Network combines membership programs of four leading air ambulance operators: EagleMed, REACH, Air Evac Lifeteam and Med-Trans Corp.

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