REACH Air Medical Services announced the opening of a new air ambulance base in Napa County.
The base, located at the Napa County Airport, will begin 24/7 air medical transport service next month. The central location will serve patients and customers in a number of surrounding counties, as well as provide back up to the company’s other bases in the region.
REACH flies patients from the scene of an accident or from one hospital to another when time is of the essence or a more advanced level of care is needed.
On board the medically equipped EC135 helicopter, a team of highly skilled Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics manage the patient’s critical care.
Sean Russell, President of REACH Medical Holdings, said:
“This base opening means a lot to me. I started my career in EMS within this region. I know first-hand how important it is to have an air ambulance resource like this available in the community. Over the years, our crews have transported more than 135,000 patients to needed care. That is not just a number; it represents individual lives that each touch many more lives. I am humbled by this.”
The company, which started 30 years ago this year with a single base in Northern California, has grown to include 43 air medical base locations in California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Texas as well as four ground ambulance bases.
REACH Medical Holdings, the parent company of REACH, CALSTAR Air Ambulance, Cal-Ore Life Flight and Sierra Lifeflight, also manages the pilots, maintenance technicians and the aircraft for seven hospital or ems agency programs. Under these programs, REACH provides aviation services while the hospital or ems agency manage some of the clinical teams and daily operations.
As the company continues to grow, it is important to Mr. Russell that they do not lose sight of the founder’s guiding principal. Dr. John McDonald, who was a medical pioneer in many ways that have benefitted the EMS field, founded REACH with the philosophy always do what is right for the patient.
Mr. Russell notes that direction has served REACH well for three decades and he expects that legacy to carry on today.