A partnership between Hahnemann University Hospital (HUH) in Philadelphia, PA and Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) named University MedEvac is established. One helicopter is stationed at Hahnemann University Hospital, N526MB, call sign MedEvac 2 and the other, MedEvac 1 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital. HUH was the first trauma center in Philadelphia and the first Philadelphia hospital with a home based aircraft.
MedEvac 2 relocates to a remote base in Norristown Montgomery County PA to better serve critically ill patients in that region. An upgrade arrives a few months later when HUH accepts delivery of the first single pilot IFR (SPIFR) EMS configured Sikorsky S-76A++ in the air medical community, the new call sign of MedEvac 3 is given to N886AH.
As the region grows, improvements in healthcare and critical care transport continue. Benefits of SPIFR critical care air transport are noted. MedEvac 3 relocates to Pottstown Limerick Airport where weather reporting to improve IFR requirements, additional operational and maintenance support are offered. An increase of volume support is recognized and met with the start up of MedEvac 5 in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.
As patient movement needs increase, expansion to support the IFR mission and local area critical care air transport add two more aircraft to the fleet in West Chester and Lancaster County PA over the years 2004-07. The LVH/HUH consortium grows to a combined fleet of eight aircraft, each hospital supporting three BK-117’s and one S-76A++. Vendor support rotates back up aircraft including early EC-135 models and at times, a B-222.
After years of providing back up scene work for the New Jersey (NJ) HEMS program, and increased critical care inter-facility transport service, a need to operate within the state provides an opportunity for MedEvac to be the first private service to operate from within NJ. Healthcare needs change, an increase in aircraft volume is seen. The re-location of MedEvac 5 to Hammonton Municipal Airport in Atlantic County, NJ occurs and our first out of state home base is established. An agreement to provide medical command by AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center allows a closer critical care air service response minimizing reaction times to the scene or hospital, and allowing a high level of care to be provided to the patients that would now arrive to the appropriate destination from within the state.
HUH and LVH dissolve their joint MedEvac venture. The name changes to MidAtlantic MedEvac.
Global advancements in stroke and cardiac care create a window of time where most patients meeting specific criteria, that receive specific care, can experience improved clinical outcomes. Changes to the fleet include an EC-145 and BK-117s. MedEvac 5 relocates to Vineland NJ.
A change occurs and an opportunity for IFR critical care air transport is revived. Increased volume exists from facilities further away from their destinations where awaiting medical specialists can provide care sooner due to improved aircraft capabilities. 2 Agusta 109E Powers replace the fleet. To better support our NJ patients, MedEvac 4 is assigned to Woodbine Municipal Airport in Cape May, NJ operating a BK-117.
2015 - Present
MidAtlantic MedEvac now operates two state-of-the-art Single Pilot IFR equipped Airbus EC-135P2+ aircraft at each base. The new fleet of helicopters offers the latest in aircraft technology, safety equipment and features, such as night vision goggles, radar altimeter, GPS navigation, satellite tracking and communications and helicopter terrain alert warning systems (HTAWS). These aircraft are best aligned with the organization’s needs, mission, and the overall care and safety of the patient, as well as the flight team. Med-Trans Corporation took ownership of MidAtlantic MedEvac effective January 1, 2015.
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