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EagleMed Air Medical Transport Plans Ribbon Cutting For New Texas-Based Weather Station

EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has installed an automated weather observing system at Eagle Pass, Texas enabling the company's fixed-wing aircraft to serve patients in the region during inclement weather. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Aug. 12.

EagleMed LLC funded the automated weather observing system project and worked with local government and Federal Aviation Administration officials to install it at Maverick County Memorial International Airport. 

“EagleMed is very pleased to be able to add this weather reporting infrastructure to augment our ability to support the local communities in terms of transporting critical care patients to the most appropriate medical facilities throughout Texas,” said EagleMed Director of Operations Andy Faletto, who spearheaded the project.

The EagleMed fixed-wing aircraft that supports the Eagle Pass area is located in San Marcos, Texas, where the company bases a King Air C90 air medical transport plane. The new weather station will also serve EagleMed’s sister companies, AirEvac Lifeteam and REACH, which base medically outfitted helicopters at Eagle Pass, Pearsall, Carrizo Springs and Laredo, all in southwest Texas.

The station, supplied by All Weather Incorporated, features a weather-proof enclosure containing meteorological sensors, including a thermometer for measuring air temperature, anemometer for measuring wind speed, wind vane for measuring wind direction, hygrometer for measuring humidity and a barometer for measuring atmospheric pressure.

EagleMed, local officials and the Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce plan for an invitation-only ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am, Tuesday, Aug. 12. Invited officials include: Congressman Pete Gallegos, State Rep. Poncho Nevárez, Maverick County Judge David Saucedo, and Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey English Cantu.

Advanced Training

EagleMed’s experienced and proficient team of commercial instrument rated rotor and Airline Transport Pilot rated fixed wing pilots undergo extensive hands-on training every six months including 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’s senior aviation, maintenance, and safety leadership has a combined total of more than 150 years of aviation operational experience. Recognized as a leader in the industry, the organization and its employees received the 2013 Chairman’s Award and the 2010 President’s Award for Leadership and Safety from the Association of Air Medical Services. EagleMed also received the 2011 Safety Award from the Helicopter Association International, Best Practice in Just Culture from CAMTS; and the 2012 Pilot of the Year Award from the National EMS Pilots Association.

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. 

About EagleMed LLC

EagleMed LLC, headquartered in Wichita, Kan., is a privately owned and operated critical care air medical and ground transport service. A subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc., EagleMed has provided safe, world-class patient care to patients and communities in the Midwest for more than 30 years. EagleMed has more than 400 highly trained employees and operates an extensive fleet of 14 medically equipped Eurocopter AS350 B2/B3 helicopters, 20 Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing aircraft, and six ground ambulances in 12 States. For more info go to flyeaglemed.com.

About AirMedCare

EagleMed is a membership-supported air ambulance service that is part of the AirMedCare Network. AirMedCare is America’s largest air medical transport membership network, providing emergency access to the highest levels of care for its 1.6 million subscribers. The AirMedCare Network combines the membership programs of four leading air ambulance operators: EagleMed, REACH, Air Evac Lifeteam and Med-Trans Corporation. For more information about memberships, visit joineaglemed.com.

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