Carolina Air Care New Base at UNC Nash Campus
Carolina Air Care, which uses 3 EC135 and two Bell 429 operated by Air Methods, established Nash UNC Health Care as a permanent helicopter base site
UNC Health Care, March 08, 2018 - ROCKY MOUNT, North Carolina – UNC Health Care has established Nash UNC Health Care as the permanent base site for one of its medical transport helicopters.
Hospital staff celebrated the helicopter’s first landing on Thursday.
“Having the helicopter and flight crew based on our Nash campus provides time-saving advantages for our patients as well as all emergency transfer patients in eastern North Carolina,” said Ian Buchanan, interim chief executive officer at Nash UNC Health Care. “Rotating flight crews will be on campus 24/7 and prepared to transport critical-care patients between all participating hospitals in our area.”
An existing secondary landing pad has been updated on the Nash UNC Health Care campus and living accommodations have been arranged for a three-person flight crew, reported Jennifer Haynes, Program Manager for Carolina Air Care (CAC), a part of UNC Health Care. Haynes explains that the air ambulance is used for critically ill and trauma-related emergency flights.
“It is staffed with specially-trained medical flight crews and equipped with all necessary advanced technology to provide high-level medical care in flight. This helicopter will be used for hospital-to-hospital transport of a single patient, as well as for scene response to support local county emergency services operations,” she said.
The helicopter and flight crew, consisting of a pilot and specially trained Flight Nurse and Flight Paramedic, are available to transport patients to and from any hospital in our area.
Carolina Air Care, in cooperation with Air Methods Corporation, operates three Airbus EC-135 Twin engine helicopters and two Bell Textron 429 twin engine helicopters. These helicopters have a cruise speed of 130-150knts depending on model, altitude and weather conditions and can transport patients to any regional tertiary care center in less than 30 minutes, according to Haynes.
Use of helicopters for transporting patients is growing. While there is some risk in all patient transfers – ground or air –- safety is always the top priority. Carolina Air Care’s helicopters are owned and operated by Air Methods, Inc., an FAA certified air carrier. All pilots are employed by Air Methods, Inc. Flight medical crew members are employed by UNC Health Care and exceed all national standards including accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).
About UNC Health Care: Nash UNC Health Care is a non-profit hospital authority comprised of five licensed hospitals totaling 395 beds: Nash General Hospital, Nash Day Hospital, Coastal Plain Hospital, the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center, and Community Hospital of Rocky Mount. Serving Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, Wilson and Johnston counties, and surrounding areas, its mission is to provide superior quality health care services and to help improve the health of the community in a caring, efficient and financially sound manner.
Nash UNC Health Care is a managed affiliate of UNC Health Care, an integrated health care system comprised of UNC Hospitals and its provider network, UNC Faculty Physicians, UNC Physicians Network, the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine and nine other hospitals and hospital systems across the state.
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