EagleMed resumes operations in McAlester

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Updated: 6/27/2013 4:07 pm Published: 6/27/2013 4:07 pm

EagleMed LLC resumed McAlester based critical care helicopter medical flights on Thursday.

They are serving the McAlester Regional Health Center.

EagleMed based another Eurocopter AS350 at the hospital, following a recent accident that involved the helicopter previously based there. The helicopter crashed shortly after taking off in Talahina, killing the patient and injuring three others on board.

“We are all devastated by the unfortunate event earlier this month. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone involved,” said EagleMed President Larry Bugg.

“At that same time, we know the community and Southeastern Oklahoma count on our critical care air medical flights to save lives, so we are thankful to again have helicopter service based at McAlester hospital,” he added. A medically-configured Beechcraft King Air fixed wing aircraft is also based in the McAlester area and has continued to provide air medical service to patients since the incident.

EagleMed has serviced the McAlester region since late 2012, and provides air medical operations 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The McAlester base is staffed by four pilots, four nurses, four paramedics and a maintenance technician.

EagleMed also released the following statement clarifying their accreditation:

"EagleMed would like to clarify our voluntary accreditation status with the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). All of EagleMed’s CAMTS accredited fixed and rotorwing bases in the numerous states we operate continue to provide critical care air medical services. The commission’s process is procedural and automatically implemented pending a supplemental site survey by the commission under its policies and procedures. EagleMed was accredited by CAMTS for a three-year period in October 2012. EagleMed received a best practice for "Just Culture" and special acknowledgement for several medical outcome studies and implementing fixed wing simulation training with Flight Safety International. EagleMed is eager for a follow-up review to occur. That review will likely be completed prior to a final report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board.” -- Larry Bugg, President, EagleMed LLC.

There have been calls for EagleMed’s accreditation to be taken away. EagleMed has had three helicopter crashes in Oklahoma in three years, including two deadly crashes in 2013.

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