(DALLAS - 1/17/2011)Med-Trans Corporation has reached a mutual commitment with Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa to become their new aviation partner for their helicopter ems program located in Mason City. Both parties recently completed the terms of a formal contract after nearly a 12-month process of selection during which the hospital focused on safety, experience and quality as the guiding principles in choosing a new air-medical transport service partner.
Med-Trans will replace the current aviation partner for Mercy - North Iowa and the current Mercy Air Life air medical program will become Mercy Air Med.Not only will the MERCY AIR MED name be new, but the program will also feature the latest in helicopter ems technology including a brand new aircraft providing increased speed, Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for the entire crew and satellite communication technology.
"This is a very exciting time and opportunity for us. Med-Trans is one of the nation's leading air medical services and has an excellent safety record. Med-Trans has partnered with numerous hospitals across the country to provide the highest level of aviation support for superior MedEvac operations", said Patti Peterson, Director of the Emergency Department, MERCY AIR MED and Mercy Family Health Line at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa.
"We are very proud to be partnering with Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa as they have a proven commitment of providing outstanding health care services to their community.They were seeking innovative options for their air medical flight program moving forward and we were able to provide solutions to meet their needs.This new partnership assures the regions access to rapid helicopter transport services is sure to continue long into the future," stated Fred Buttrell, CEO of Med-Trans Corp.
Mercy - North Iowa and Med-Trans are currently underway with a transition plan, which will allow for an uninterrupted switch from the previous aviation partner, to Med-Trans. This change will go into effect on February 1.
Med-Trans Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of air ambulance programs in selected locations throughout the United States, focused on establishing partnerships with leading hospital
systems, medical centers and EMS agencies to provide customized air medical programs through specialized delivery formats, including alternative delivery models, community based models or traditional hospital-based models. The company's extensive fleet delivers teams of highly trained medical and flight professionals to patients requiring emergency medical care and transports the patient to the appropriate medical facility.
About Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa serves the communities in north Iowa and southern Minnesota andprovides a Level II trauma center, multi-site provider system with general and specialized services addressing the needs of small and mid-sized communities and rural populations. Additionally, Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa is part of Trinity Health headquartered in Novi, Michigan and is the fourth largest Catholic Health Care organization.
Mercy - North Iowa's Emergency Department meets an identified community need and is designated a Level II trauma center with current volumes range in the 30,000 to 32,000 patients annually and a percentage of them in need of helicopter transportation.The new helicopter will have a fresh look showcasing Mercy - North Iowa's brand colors and we will continue to provide both inter-hospital medical transports of critical patients as well as emergency, on-scene response for serious trauma incidents.Mercy's vision to provide patients with the best, personalized care with a focus on safety and quality in healing environment and to be the, "trusted healthcare partner for life".