“They wanted to utilize our crews and the relationships we have built within the community,” said Dan Gates, AirMed’s president and CEO.
According to executives from both companies, the partnership will allow customers to receive the same care from familiar faces, but with expanded aviation options and better service.
“This is a win-win for the citizens of the region and the AirMed flight program. Our patients and health-care partners will continue to see the same flight teams they have come to depend on over the years for clinical excellence, operating under the same protocols and medical direction,” Gates said. “At the end of the day, I just report to Med-Trans.”
The partnership with Med-Trans provides financial and aviation-related resources that will help AirMed thrive, Gates said. As a company with operations all over the country, he said, Med-Trans has economies of scale that allow it to operate on a more efficient level than AirMed.
“AirMed has done an incredible job of building strong hospital and EMS system relationships throughout Georgia and South Carolina and is a recognized leader in the care of burn patients throughout the region,” said Rob Hamilton, Med-Trans’ senior vice president of business development.
Customers should not be able to notice a difference when the partnership goes into effect Oct. 1, Gates said.
Med-Trans will provide aircraft for AirMed’s rotor-wing and fixed-wing divisions, introducing a new helicopter that has state-of-the-art safety equipment and features, including night-vision goggles, radar altimeter, GPS navigation, satellite tracking and terrain-alert warning systems.
AirMed was founded in 2000 by Bo Pounds, who started the Gold Cross ambulance company in 1997.