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 Air Evac to Set Up Base in Rushville

February 6, 2008 - Air Evac Lifeteam, an independently-owned air ambulance provider, has announced plans to open a base in Rushville. The company is partnering with Rush Memorial Hospital and will be located on the hospital grounds.

“We feel there is a need for our services in this geographical area and Rush Memorial was a great hospital to partner with,” said Senior Director of Base Operations Andy Arthurs. “We want to make sure residents have access to the definitive care they need in the event of a medical emergency.”

The base will begin operations in February and will be one of 76 bases in Air Evac Lifeteam’s network of air ambulance services. Bases are located in communities in 12 states throughout the central United States. The new base will provide employment for 12 to 15 employees and serve communities within a 70-mile radius of Rushville, including Connersville, Greensburg, Shelbyville, Andersonville and Greenfield.

“Air Evac is a great fit for Rush Memorial, our patients, and our community. Their philosophy reflects our values; the patient comes first,” said Rush Memorial Hospital CEO Brad Smith. “Any time we can add services or improve services, I am all for it,” he said. “Because Rush Memorial doesn’t have a trauma and cardiac unit, Air Evac will improve patient transport time considerably. When time is critical, this is particularly important!”

Smith goes on to say, “By having Air Evac located on our hospital grounds, this does not replace or take away any of the services currently offered by our EMS who, by the way, does an outstanding job! It is important to note that Rush Memorial Hospital has no financial interest in Air Evac. The company will be independently owned and operated. Partnering with Air Evac simply allows this service to be based closer to home versus out of Indianapolis. And we are very excited about this.” Smith concluded.

Air Evac Lifeteam, headquartered in West Plains, Mo., is the largest independently-owned air ambulance service in the country. Since its founding in 1985, Air Evac has transported more than 100,000 patients in need, serving as the critical link to improved response time and immediate access to medical care facilities across 12 states.

“Our mission is to save lives and positively impact outcomes during life-or-limb-threatening medical emergencies, and we can do this by providing rapid access to definitive emergency health care,” said Air Evac Lifeteam President Seth Myers. “Our goal is to provide quality health care to area residents, and we have unwavering dedication to our mission.”

“Opening a base in Rushville is part of an oncoming commitment by Air Evac Lifeteam and the health care community in this region to improve access to trauma care for residents of Indiana,” added Myers. “The people of this region are very fortunate to have access to quality health care services through their local hospitals and EMS providers. Our goal is to be an extension of that excellent service by providing rapid transport in critical medical situations.”

Air Evac Lifeteam crews, which include a registered nurse, paramedic and pilot are on call at each base 24 hours a day. They provide on-the-scene medical care, rapid transport to medical facilities and critical care inter-facility transfers. Each helicopter is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, and crewmembers are trained in advanced pre-hospital care so medical care can begin at the scene and continue en route to the hospital.

Air Evac Lifeteam offers a membership program, which offers many benefits to those who need air medical services. Members pay an annual fee and, if they are flown by Air Evac Lifeteam for life or limb-threatening medical emergencies, they do not have to pay for the flight. You do not need to be a member to use Air Evac’s services. Memberships are valid in all Air Evac Lifeteam service areas, so members are covered while traveling through Air Evac Lifeteam service areas. Annual memberships are $50 for an individual, $55 for a couple and $60 for a household of three or more.

For more information about Air Evac Lifeteam services, call 1-800-793-0010 or visit


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