Air Methods, Airlift Northwest continue relationship


Airlift Northwest airborne
Jay Cline
An Airlift Northwest helicopter is airborne in Washington state.

Air Methods, a leading air medical service in the United States announced today that they have renewed their long-standing relationship with Airlift Northwest, the premier emergency air medical service in the Pacific Northwest. Airlift Northwest is a non-profit entity of UW Medicine. Air Methods and UW Medicine have been collaborating to serve communities in the region since 2015.

Airlift Northwest is dedicated to providing safe, efficient air medical care to critically ill and injured infants, children, and adults. Its aircraft are strategically located at seven bases throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska for rapid deployment.

Air Methods provides Airlift Northwest’s rotary wing services in the Pacific Northwest. These services include helicopter aircraft, pilots, and mechanics. Air Methods is the nation’s largest provider of air medical emergency transport services and systems It is dedicated exclusively to air medical transport and focuses on high-quality, safe transport of critically ill patients. Across the United States, it operates a fleet of more than 400 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft servicing 48 states and transports more than 70,000 patients every year.

Airlift Northwest rapidly deploys emergency aircraft throughout Washington state – from coastal villages and islands in western Washington to desert communities in Eastern Washington. Airlift Northwest flies out of bases in Arlington, Bellingham, Bremerton, Olympia, and East Wenatchee.

The continued partnership agreement guarantees a relationship for the next 5 years.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Air Methods,” said Jeff Richey, interim executive director of Airlift Northwest. “Their highly trained flight pilots and mechanics, along with the most advanced aviation technology and aircraft in the industry, ensures we offer the best air medical transport available to the communities that count on us. These air ambulances are flying ICUs [intensive care units] that provide unparalleled care to patients before they even arrive at the hospital. During these unprecedented times of COVID-19, the services we provide are more important than ever.”

Both Airlift Northwest and Air Methods have robust protocols in place to care for patients who are known or suspected to be positive for COVID-19. Both organizations are dedicated to excellence in care for all patients who require transport and have implemented comprehensive safety standards, including personal protective equipment and thorough decontamination after very flight.

“Air Methods is proud to continue the strong relationship with such a respected partner as UW Medicine to provide emergency air medical services through Airlift Northwest. We look forward to many more years serving communities throughout the state of Washington,” said Trevor Thompson, Air Methods senior vice president of sales. “Our aircraft make it possible for residents – particularly those in rural areas – to get access to the care they need as quickly as possible. This is true for COVID-19 patients, as well as people involved in automobile accidents or suffering from medical emergencies like a stroke or heart attack.”

Air Methods, the leading air medical service, delivers lifesaving care to more than 70,000 people every year. With nearly 40 years of air medical experience, Air Methods is the preferred partner for hospitals and one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. United Rotorcraft is the Company’s products division specializing in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features more than 450 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Learn more at www.airmethods.com

Since its founding, Airlift Northwest has expanded to provide service to a four-state region and has transported more than 100,000 patients to regional hospitals. As part of UW Medicine, Airlift Northwest is a nonprofit organization. Its aircraft are strategically located at seven bases in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska for rapid deployment. All aviation services, pilots and mechanics are provided by Air Methods Corporation and Aero Air, LLC. Airlift Northwest is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. Learn more at https://www.uwmedicine.org/airliftnw

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