In early March MountainStar AirCare — Utah’s newest air medical transportation service — began operation and that includes flights to Cache Valley Hospital.
This is an expansion of MountainStar Healthcare’s emergency medical services to include advanced air transportation.
“Our goal is to extend the quality care we provide to include the time it takes to airlift patients to one of our trauma centers or acute care hospitals,” said MountainStar Healthcare President Greg Angle.
MountainStar evaluated the nation’s top five air medical transportation providers before selecting Air Medical Resource Group, a South Jordan, Utah company, to provide two high-altitude performing helicopters.
“These are great aircraft, they’re brand new,” said Ron Stantus,
director of outreach for MountainStar. “They are brand new to the market. The Utah Highway Patrol, when they were selecting a new aircraft selected the same model because of its high altitude attributes.
“It is the latest model of the A-Star aircraft. In fact it is promoted as the only production aircraft to have ever landed on Mt. Everest. The aircraft we got actually has 100 more horsepower than the aircraft that accomplished that feat.
“We are confident that these aircraft will perform well in Utah’s high and hot environment.”
One of the aircraft is based, staffed with a full crew, at the Ogden Regional Medical Center.
“Ogden Regional is the home of our trauma services at MountainStar and it is a 15-20 minute flight to Cache Valley Hospital. We went into service March 2 and it is now available to the community and local EMS as well as hospitals in the area,” said Stantus