MUSC finalized an agreement with Med-Trans Corp. to become aviation partners for regional helicopter ambulance service.
Fred Buttrell, president and chief executive officer of Med-Trans Corp., said Meducare will continue on as a regional asset and industry leader providing an indispensible service. "We are very pleased to be partnering with MUSC Meducare and to be a part of their continued dedication of serving critical patients in need of air medical transport."
Terms were reached after an exhaustive selection process looking at significant factors such as aviation safety, customization of the program and excellent customer service.
The Meducare adult flight team comprises four pilots, mechanics and eight full-time medical personnel, including four flight nurses who are registered nurses with critical care experience and four critical care paramedics.
The Meducare pediatric and neonatal team comprises 13 full-time medical personnel, including eight pediatric flight nurses and five pediatric flight respiratory therapists. Their extensive knowledge includes the emergent stabilization of critical pediatric and neonatal patients.
While familiar faces and highly skilled clinical care remain consistent, the Meducare program will further enhance its safety record with a factory-new EC 135 aircraft, Night Vision Goggle (NVG) technology for the entire crew, and high-tech aviation safety aids through the partnership with Med-Trans Corp., which officially begins July 1.
Meducare manager Carl Kennedy said the Meducare service was launched 24 years ago, providing the privilege of serving patients in scores of communities throughout South Carolina. "When an emergency calls for a patient to be brought to MUSC, it is reassuring to know that we have highly-trained responders rapidly heading to the scene in a state-of-the-art aircraft. MUSC is excited to begin this new relationship with Med-Trans, a proven leader in the industry."
Meducare's brand-new EC 135 is a technologically advanced helicopter featuring a wide, unobstructed cabin with a Fenestron(r) tail rotor and bearingless main rotor for excellent performance, range and payload capacity—along with low-noise operation and multi-mission capability. Oversized sliding side doors and rear clamshell doors enable fast loading and unloading of patients and equipment.
Med-Trans Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is a provider of air ambulance programs, focused on establishing partnerships with leading hospital systems, medical centers and EMS agencies to provide customized air medical programs through specialized delivery formats, including alternative delivery models, community based models or traditional hospital-based models. The company's fleet delivers teams of trained medical and flight professionals to patients requiring emergency medical care and transports the patient to the appropriate medical facility. Visit http://www.med-trans.net.