Houston, TX – Heli-Expo 2008 - STAT MedEvac, the air medical service (AMS) operated by the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., has announced the purchase of two EC135s from American Eurocopter, with an option to buy three more. The two new EC135s are due to be delivered in 2009. Currently, STAT MedEvac flies 14 EC135s and 6 EC145s. Founded in 1984, STAT MedEvac flew the first EC135 in air medical service in the United States in 1997. Its number of medical missions exceeded 100,000 in June of 2006. “We transport approximately 10,500 patients annually,” says Douglas A. Garretson, STAT MedEvac’s President and CEO.
“We take patient and medical personnel safety very, very seriously,” Garretson continues. “We have found the EC135 and EC145 to be highly safe and reliable aircraft, capable of meeting our varied mission profiles. That’s why we have been a Eurocopter operator since 1984, and will be so for the foreseeable future.”
Today, STAT MedEvac’s 20 helicopters serve 15 bases predominantly in western Pennsylvania. STAT MedEvac has a base in eastern Ohio near Youngstown and bases in York, PA; Hagerstown, MD; Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. The service is operated by the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. a consortium of hospitals consisting of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Altoona Regional Health System.
“We are standardized on the EC135 and EC145 platforms,” explains Garretson. “By using a common helicopter platform, we are able to effectively manage our fleet’s maintenance, servicing, and overhaul schedule. We are also able to cross-train all our pilots on both aircraft, ensuring maximum flexibility in scheduling and personnel availability.”
Source: Eurocopter USA
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