Life Flight Network continues rapid growth, expanding to provide air ambulance services in new Bozeman, Montana base with AW119Kx.
Launching September 1st, 2017, there will be a new Life Flight Network base opening in Bozeman, Montana operating the AW119Kx. The new base which will be located at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport will be providing ICU level care provided by Paramedics, Flight Nurses, or Respiratory Therapists. The reach of this new base will provide coverage for southern Montana and northern Wyoming.
“Whether a person has suffered a heart attack, stroke, or serious traumatic injury, every minute counts in the fight to save their life,” said Life Flight Network’s Chief Customer Officer Justin Dillingham. “Opening a base in Bozeman means patients nearby can be flown to higher levels of care in significantly less time.” He added, “As an in-network provider for both Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana and PacificSource, we are a resource for hospitals and emergency responders to consider when there is a need for the life-saving services we provide.”
Currently the Life Flight Network serves Montana from bases in Butte and Missoula, as well as from Idaho. Each of these bases has the ability to respond to locations that are more than 150 miles away. The addition of this new base in Bozeman will further enhance the services available in southern Montana. Communities like Bozeman, Big Sky, Ennis, Ruby Valley, West Yellowstone, Livingston, Big Timber, and White Sulfur Springs will now have access to ICU-level care provided by an air medical service that is in-network for most Montanans covered by commercial insurance.
Life Flight opted for a Leonardo AW119Kx “Koala” helicopter to be housed at the new Bozeman base. The AW119Kx is at home in the high altitudes of Montana and thanks to its 230 gallon (870L) fuel capacity, which will be more than useful given the regions long distances between hospitals. The AW119Kx is also configured to transport up to two patients at once. The company has continued rapid expansion in the Pacific Northwest in recent months, opening several bases and purchasing additional helicopters to staff each new location.
Life Flight stated that each new base creates about fifteen jobs and can contribute more than one million dollars annually to the local economy. The base will be staffed 24/7 with an ICU level nurse, a Paramedic or Respiratory Therapist and a pilot. The base will also imply two mechanics.
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