Erlanger Health System announced today that LIFE FORCE plans to add a fifth helicopter to its fleet of air ambulances in September. The new helicopter will be based at the Winchester, Tenn., airport, which is located in Middle Tennessee.
“LIFE FORCE is pleased to have the opportunity to move into Middle Tennessee,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, President and CEO of the Erlanger Health System. “Being located in this area will allow us to provide faster aeromedical services to the citizens and visitors in this region.”
Erlanger’s LIFE FORCE provides the clinical team for medical operations and Med Trans Corporation provides pilots and mechanics for the aeromedical service. Med Trans equips the LIFE FORCE fleet with Airbus EC-135 helicopters and Bell 407 helicopters. The EC-135 model will be stationed at the Winchester base.
In addition to the Winchester location, LIFE FORCE has four other bases of operation throughout the region to serve residents within a 150-mile radius of Chattanooga. With headquarters at Erlanger’s downtown location at 975 East Third Street in Chattanooga, LIFE FORCE also provides emergency helicopter transport from bases in Sparta, Tenn., and Calhoun and Blue Ridge, Ga. LIFE FORCE transported more than 1,400 patients during fiscal year 2013-2014.
About Erlanger Health System
The Erlanger Health System has five Tennessee-based medical campuses, including the region’s only children’s hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center, providing the highest level of trauma care. Erlanger is the nation’s seventh largest public hospital system and has been recognized as “Chattanooga’s number one hospital” by US News & World Report for five consecutive years. Affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, Erlanger is also the region’s only academic teaching center and treats more than a quarter million patients every year. Fore more information, visit www.erlanger.org.
About Med-Trans Corporation
Med-Trans Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of air ambulance programs throughout the United States. A proven solution to our partners, Med-Trans offers an array of customized air medical program designs including hybrid models, community based models or traditional hospital-based models. The company’s extensive fleet rapidly delivers teams of highly trained professionals to patients, striving to provide the patient with the best possible outcome. For more information, visit www.med-trans.net.