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LIFESTAR Air Medical Transport celebrates 25th anniversary
Med-Trans Corporation and Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems are commemorating the 25th anniversary of LIFESTAR air medical transport service in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding states. After beginning in one location with one helicopter, LIFESTAR now operates two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft from three locations.
“We are proud of the growth and service we've been able to provide in bringing world class patient care to the people of the Texas Panhandle and nearby states,” said Med-Trans President Rob Hamilton.
Stewart Jackson RN, BSN, CMTE and Director of LIFESTAR, said the company began flight operations in Amarillo in 1993 under the name Medevac 1. At that time the flight operation was run by a company called Southwest Helicopters, operating a single Eurocopter AS350 helicopter based at the Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems hospital in Amarillo. At the time, it was the only flight operation serving the medical airlift requirements of the Texas Panhandle. Med-Trans Corporation became affiliated with Northwest Texas Healthcare's air transport operation in 2008, providing flight crews ever since. Med-Trans also owns the operation's aircraft.
Today, LIFESTAR has grown into an operation with three aircraft operating from three bases and employing close to 100 people including administrators, nurses, mechanics, and flight dispatchers.
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