25-Jul-2022 Source: Air Methods
Mercy Air, a subsidiary of Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider in the U.S., and Hall Critical Care Transport (CCT) of Bakersfield announced the transition of Hall’s air medical services to Mercy Air 15. This transition is the result of an excellent working relationship between the two over the past 20 years.
“We’ve had a terrific relationship for nearly two decades with the team at Hall CCT,” said Jim Caryl, vice president of Customer Experience at Air Methods. “Over the years, the MEDEVAC 1 Flight Team has provided excellent care to countless patients. Our team is very excited to take on the challenge of meeting and exceeding a very high-standard set by the Hall team.”
As a result of this change, the base at Bakersfield’s Meadows Field Airport has transitioned to become a Mercy Air location. In total, 14 employees are transitioning from the Hall CCT team to Mercy Air and will continue to fly a Bell 407 helicopter for missions.
“Over the years we’ve seen the Mercy Air team provide excellent healthcare to their patients and we feel that this transition will benefit the community we serve,” said Lavonne C. Hall, president and CEO of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. “This move will allow the Hall CCT to focus on providing regional ground interfacility transport solutions. As a result, we believe all EMS and HEMS patients will receive even better care.”
Additionally, all Mercy Air aircraft are stocked with blood and plasma in flight to be administered during prehospital air medical transport for patients at risk for hemorrhagic shock. This combined with rapid air transport, can help critically ill or injured patients who otherwise might not survive. Patients suffering significant blood loss are at risk for hemorrhagic shock which causes the body’s organs to fail and can lead to death. The administration of thawed plasma during prehospital air medical transport to patients at risk for hemorrhagic shock resulted in lower 30-day mortality and faster blood clotting than standard-care resuscitation.
Air Methods is committed to providing air medical services to all members of the communities we serve. The average out-of-pocket patient cost per flight is less than $265 and Air Methods has secured in-network agreements with Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, and more than 30 additional health insurance companies. In addition, their patient advocacy program works with all patients, regardless of insurance, to ensure affordability.