Patients living in northern Alberta will continue to have access to rapid, reliable, and safe emergency care when the new air ambulance base is relocated to the Edmonton International Airport (EIA), in March.
Alberta Health Services air ambulance operations are moving to a new 3,600 square-metre hangar at the Edmonton International Airport, immediately adjacent to the new STARS emergency air ambulance facilities. The move comes in response to the City of Edmonton’s decision to close the Edmonton City Centre Airport.
“In developing an alternative solution, our primary concern was, and is, to ensure the highest-possible patient safety and quality of care,” said Health Minister Fred Horne. “We have achieved that with this new state-of-the-art facility.”
The Edmonton International Airport was chosen because it’s the safest and most reliable option for patients being flown to Edmonton, due to its advanced infrastructure, proximity to major hospitals and the ability to land and take off in bad weather. The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) did an analysis of the Edmonton International as the new site for air ambulance services and all 18 of its recommendations have been reviewed in setting up the new operations.
According to a filing with the Federal Trade Commission and a report by Moody’s Investor Services, Mitt Romney’s old asset management and financial service company Bain Capital is purchasing the established air ambulance service REACH that operates in Texas, California, and Oregon.
Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., which was bought by Romney’s old investment firm and became its subsidiary in 2010, will take on roughly $250 million in debt in order to fund the acquisition.
According to a report on the Dow Jones LBO Wire, experts expect the purchase to increase Air Medical Group Holdings Inc.’s debt-to-earnings before interest taxation depreciation and amortization to between 6 times and 6.3 times, up from 5.8 times. However, they also predict that that ratio will fall under 6 times debt to Ebitda in the next 12 to 18 months “due to anticipated continued growth.”
John W. Lovett, Clinical Director of the STAT MedEvac air medical transport service of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, just received the STARS of Life Award at The Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania (AAP) Leadership Conference.
Lovett was recognized at the AAP Leadership Conference as a quintessential leader in quality assurance and patient/provider safety.
His work integrating the concepts and philosophy of the CAMTS-required “Just Culture” into his organization’s air medical program was recognized as well.
Additionally, John’s work with a Jewish Healthcare Foundation EMS safety/quality fellowship grant to investigate the application of aviation safety initiatives to the delivery of patient care was recognized.
Pictured: John W. Lovett (center), RN, MSN, MBA, CMTE, CFRN, Director of Clinical Operations, STAT MedEvac
Lovett’s receipt of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania award reflected his reputation as an “independent, critical thinker; self-motivated and dedicated to patients, his colleagues and the organization.”
Today and for the next two days, American Eurocopter, one of the U.S.’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of civil helicopters and rotor-wing air ambulances, is showcasing the University of Michigan’s EC155 and Air Methods’ EC130 at the 2012 Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle, WA.
The helicopters being showcased at the AMTC represent some of the most technologically advanced civil aircraft in the world today.
By demonstrating the aircrafts’ capabilities at the Seattle conference, they hope to gain an even larger share of the HEMS market. American Eurocopter, a bonafide air medical industry leader, had approximately 50% of the U.S. air ambulance aircraft market according to 2005 data.
American Eurocopter’s EC130 B4 is used by several major air medical services in the U.S. and around the world.
Are “medical tourists” poised to overtake traditional air medical patients as the leading users of international air ambulance services? It could happen — one day.
Yesterday, in fact, a UC lecturer expressed his concerns on the growth of international medical tourism, noting that its current booming status is the result of the failure of some governments to respond to increasing demands for public health services.
Earlier this month, the air ambulance service FDN (Flying Doctors Nigeria) went on the record in Nigeria’s The Nation to state that its purpose is “not” to promote foreign medical tourism.
Earlier this year, Iranian President Ahmadinejad boasted of advances in medical science and technology, purporting that Iran is now welcoming about 30,000 international medical tourists into its healthcare facilities each year.