EagleMed Begins Flying Critical Care Medical Transports in Houston

Houston air mededit.jpg EagleMed LLC is adding 14 employees and a medically configured Beechcraft King Air B200 to a new critical care air medical transport operation located near Houston, Texas. The company has already begun flying fixed wing critical care transports in the Houston region from the new location.

“At EagleMed we are very pleased to add this important resource to a medical community that annually serves hundreds of thousands of patients with critical needs,” said EagleMed President Larry Bugg. EagleMed operates a fleet of 20 Beechcraft King Airs, 15 helicopters and six ground ambulances.

“When distance is a factor and time is essential in terms of patient outcomes, a 24/7 medically-staffed King Air B200 adds a vital transport modality to the region’s patient support infrastructure,” he added. The King Air medical transport capability will also be available to members of the AirMedCare membership network.

International Flights

In addition to serving south Texas, the Houston operation will also conduct international critical care flights into Mexico. EagleMed’s 20th King Air is based in its own dedicated hangar at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring, Texas.

The pressurized medically configured Beechcraft King Air B200 turboprop with twin upgraded Blackhawk engines and Garmin G1000 class cockpit with synthetic vision is capable of instrument flight during meteorological conditions at a speed of 310 mph and a range of approximately 900 miles round trip.

Advanced Training

EagleMed’s experienced and proficient team of commercial instrument rated rotor and Airline Transport Pilot rated fixed wing pilots undergo industry-leading hands-on training every four months to include FlightSafety International simulation training. EagleMed’s expert staff of critical care paramedics and Certified Flight Registered Nurses has advanced training in pediatric and adult care and utilize METIman Human Patient Simulators (adult, pediatric, and infant) to maintain the highest level of competency and proficiency.

Safety Focus

EagleMed is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS), which is the gold standard for patient care and safety across the operational spectrum of air medical transport services. EagleMed is one of only two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135 charter certificate holders in the FAA Central Region to achieve Safety Management System (SMS) Level 2 distinction. Additionally, EagleMed received the ARGUS International, Inc. Gold Rating based on pilot qualifications and a comprehensive on-site safety audit of its aviation and maintenance operations.

EagleMed leverages technology through its web-based Learning Management System and IS-BAO registered Baldwin SMSlite™ system to deliver regulatory, aircraft-specific, air medical resource management, SMS, risk management, just culture, threat and error management, OSHA safety compliance training and safety report data tracking and analysis. EagleMed maintains a technologically advanced Communications Center with satellite tracking/communications for 24/7 oversight and medical direction provided by a cadre of emergency physicians and highly trained communication staff that are certified emergency medical technicians. For more info go to flyeaglemed.com.