12-Dec-2010 Source: UT Lifestar
Representatives ofÂ UT LIFESTAR dedicated the newly constructed Sevier County base of operations during a partnership luncheon celebration at the base, located at the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge airport in Sevierville. The Sevier County base continues to be the most heavily utilized of the five bases of operation for UT LIFESTAR, the air medical transport service of The University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Local city and county elected officials joined representatives from fire, EMS and other emergency responder agencies at the event, which showcased the new hangar and operational facilities for the base that covers the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevier County and portions of Blount, Jefferson County, Cocke and Knox counties in East Tennessee as well as Swain, Haywood and Jackson counties in North Carolina.
â€œWe are excited about moving into this new facility provided by our friends in Sevier County,â€ said Norman Majors, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. â€œWe look forward to many more years of service by UT LIFESTAR to the residents and our many tourists who visit the area requiring our service for potentially lifesaving air medical transport.â€
UT LIFESTARâ€™s presence in Sevier County began in a part-time role at the request of officials in the county and became headquartered at the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge airport in 2005, eventually growing to an around the clock operation. The Sevier County base continues to fly the most patient transport of any of the four bases of operation for UT LIFESTAR. More than 24,000 patients have been flown from Sevier County since 2005.
Features of the new base include a private hangar as well as a larger, significantly more modernized facility with: