Air medical transport provider AMR Air Ambulance, a division of American Medical Response (AMR), announced on 5 July that it has acquired Life Guard International (Flying ICU), a fixed-wing air ambulance service based in Las Vegas, US. AMR Air Ambulance said that the addition of Flying ICU strengthens its commitment to arranging safe, reliable and timely medical transportation services to the western US and beyond.
John Paladino, executive director of medical operations for AMR Air Ambulance, said: “Life Guard International has developed a strong reputation among patients, clients and industry leaders for its safe and high-quality medical transportation services. The established air programme, in partnership with AMR’s robust ground ambulance services in Las Vegas, Southern California and Arizona, enables us to provide our western clients with a true one-call solution.”
Flying ICU has nearly 50 employees, including of flight nurses, flight paramedics, physicians, perfusionists, said AMR Air Ambulance, and arranges for services through four contracted aircraft, including one Learjet 35A and three Beechcraft King Air turboprops. With licenses in Nevada, Arizona and Utah, Flying ICU arranges for southwestern communities to receive first response fixed-wing emergency medical services when distances are too long for a helicopter transport, said AMR Air Ambulance. The firm highlighted that the strategically located base, with contracted aircraft, now allows AMR Air Ambulance to arrange for calls in the region more quickly and reduces its need to pull resources from one of its other bases.
Donna Miller, CEO and flight nurse for Flying ICU, commented: “I am excited about our future! Together, with the nation’s leading medical transportation provider, we will advance our commitment to arrange for safe and high-quality bedside-to-bedside medical transportation to every patient, every time.”