Sunday, October 13, 2013

EagleMed celebrates one year


After serving one year in the Panhandle, EagleMed LLC, an air medical transport service, celebrated their anniversary at Western Nebraska Regional Airport last month.

EagleMed bases a fully medically-equipped Beechcraft King Air B200 at the airport to help serve medical patients in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado. In their first year, EagleMed’s flight crews and clinical staff transported critical care patients with specific needs to hospitals throughout Nebraska, Colorado and as far away as Georgia and Los Angeles, Calif., to meet those care needs.

“EagleMed has been pleased to work with the Western Nebraska Regional Airport Authority Board, the Twin Cities Development Association, the Scottsbluff City Council and the Scotts Bluff County Board of Commissioners to make this service milestone a reality,” said EagleMed President Larry Bugg. “Congratulations are also in order for our safety-conscious flight and medical crew based in Scottsbluff whose expertise and professionalism are dedicated to providing safe, world-class patient care to the communities they serve.”

Holly Anderson, the EagleMed program manager at WNRA, said she and the organization are excited to celebrate a full year in western Nebraska, and the community has been very welcoming.

“We are blessed to be able to meet the needs of a new population of patients and have nurtured some great relationships in the business community, allowing us to contribute to the overall economic health of our region,” she said.

Anderson said EagleMed has also been fortunate to contribute readily to the hundreds of medical flight boardings at WNRA. This has helped keep the airport on track with their yearly boarding numbers while helping medical patients travel all over the nation.

“Some highlights include California, Texas, Georgia, Indiana and Minnesota,” she said. “We fly within a several hundred mile radius quickly and safely serving our patients special needs. That’s one great advantage of flying the King Air B200.”

With these multiple flights performed last year, the caring services of EagleMed didn’t go unnoticed. Anderson said she was able to talk with some of the patients at the Scotts Bluff County Fair as a vendor and had the opportunity to get feedback from several patients they had served.

“It was amazing to see them and hear their stories of success,” she said. “There were hugs and even some tears and I was amazed at the outpouring of thanks we received for simply doing our jobs. We are blessed to be tasked as caretakers of our friends, families and community members.”

Anderson said the WNRA has been an incredible new home for EagleMed and is thankful for their support over the past year and looks forward to more years at that location to help the service areas.

“I hope that we can continue to contribute to their (WNRA) growth and development and hopefully aid them in new opportunities on the horizon,” she said. “We as a team will continue to push ourselves to become better caregivers and clinicians, to find new ways to support our community members as they have supported us and to bring needed services to the region.”


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