St. Vincent StatFlight Expands Coverage to Evansville
Will Become Largest Air Medical Provider in Indiana
August 7, 2017 | EVANSVILLE, IN - Today St. Vincent officials announced that effective November 1, 2017, St. Vincent StatFlight, operated by PHI Air Medical, will become the largest air medical provider in Indiana with the addition of the program’s sixth base in Evansville. The new St. Vincent StatFlight base will replace the existing St. Vincent LifeFlight program that has been in service for more than 35 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.
The new St. Vincent StatFlight branded Airbus EC 135 helicopter will be equipped with state of the art, industry leading technology and equipment, such night vision goggles, Helicopter Traffic Awareness Warning System, Auto Pilot and will be capable of flying with IFR (Instrument Flying Rules) technology in the coming months. Additionally, the new base will carry life-saving blood products and will be capable of transporting specialty patients that require an intra-aortic balloon pump or ventricular assist device.
We are proud of our continued partnership with St. Vincent to help provide the citizens of Indiana with this critical, life-saving air medical service,” explained Sean O’Neal, Regional Director for PHI Air Medical. “With this expansion in services, we look forward to serving the communities in central Indiana and now the Tri-State area in southern Indiana.”
St. Vincent partnered with PHI Air Medical in 2010 to form the St. Vincent StatFlight program, which is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS). Other locations for StatFlight include Anderson, Greencastle, West Lafayette, Rushville and Seymour, Indiana.
Due to the outstanding clinical quality from the Evansville LifeFlight team, many of these employees will transition to St. Vincent StatFlight staff. It is expected that approximately 90 people, comprised of pilots, mechanics, nurses, paramedics and communication specialists across state will now be a part of St. Vincent StatFlight.
“We are grateful for the outstanding work that the LifeFlight program has provided to this community for the last 35 years,” said Dan Parod, President, St. Vincent, Southwest Region. “As we begin to take the next step in enhancing our air medical service we want the communities we serve to be assured that they will continue to have access to this vital service.”
About St. Vincent
In Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 20 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics that cover a 57-county area and employ more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $266 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Indiana for 136 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.stvincent.org/evansville.
PHI Air Medical is a leader in air medical transport, providing critical care and support for many of the nation’s leading health care organizations and in communities across the US. PHI Air Medical pilots have recorded over eleven million flight hours, in virtually every type of helicopter and terrain known. The Air Medical fleet consists of proven aircraft outfitted with medical interiors conducive to providing sustained emergent care for air medical transports and most PHI Air Medical programs operate at or above Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) standards. PHI Air Medical headquarters are located in Phoenix, Arizona.