Air Evac Lifeteam to Open New Air Medical Base


New Operation to Provide Lifesaving Care to Residents in Emergency Situations
Air Evac Lifeteam today announced plans to open a new emergency air medical transport base in Grove, Okla. this spring. The new base will provide air medical transport services 24-hours a day, seven days a week to Delaware, Ottawa, Craig, Mayes, Cherokee and Adair counties as well as the surrounding regions.

“We are honored to join the community of Grove and to bring a vital air medical asset to the region,” said Daniel Sweeza, Chief Operating Officer for Air Evac Lifeteam. “Our dedicated crews look forward to providing local hospitals and EMS agencies with a dependable partner and the community with the highest quality service and patient care.”

The Grove base will be staffed by highly trained and experienced pilots, flight nurses, and flight paramedics, and will be maintained by an on-site aviation maintenance technician. The Bell 206 helicopter operated at this base will be medically configured with the latest avionics and safety features.

Air Evac operates throughout the region with additional air medical bases located in nearby Claremore, Muskogee and Henryetta in Oklahoma and Springdale, Ark.The proximity of these bases will allow for additional air transport coverage in the region when an asset is already in service on another call.

Air Evac is a participating provider in the AirMedCare Network (AMCN), the nation’s largest air medical transport membership program with more than 320 air medical locations across 38 states. Members flown for a life- or limb-threatening injury or illness by an AMCN participating provider have no out-of-pocket costs for the flight. Whatever the member’s insurance – or third-party insurance – pays is considered payment in full. Annual memberships start at $65.

The membership service offered by AMCN covers the cost of co-pays, deductibles and any emergency transport declined by insurance providers as “not medically necessary.” AMCN membership protects families when insurance fails to cover the full cost of a medical emergency; a member will have no out-of-pocket expenses if flown by an AMCN provider. And, whether you’re a member or not, AMCN's Patient Advocates do everything in their power to work with a patient’s insurance company to ensure that the patient’s financial exposure is as small as possible in every possible way.

“The Grove American Legion Post 178 is a proud supporter of Air Evac and AirMedCare Network,” said Lee Cathey, Commander Post 178. “Both Air Evac and AMCN benefit so many lives in Grove. As an AMCN provider, Air Evac allows civilians, veterans, and their families an opportunity to save money in times of emergency. With an AMCN membership, a family can save quite a bit of money in the event of an emergency requiring air medical transport. The biggest objective of any family is getting their loved one to the hospital for life-saving medical treatment and the teams at Air Evac help expedite that.”