CareFlight Medical Services

CareFlight diagram

St. Mary's CareFlight is a team of critical care trained professionals using air transport to minimize out-of-hospital time and deliver patients to the appropriate destination as safely as possible. In operation since 1976, the service is available 24 hours a day year round, serving the western and midwestern states and southwestern Canada.

Highly trained flight nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, obstetrical nurses, paramedics, IABP nurses and respiratory therapists provide critical care to adults, pediatrics and the newborn. These crews provide advanced interventions and medication therapies under the direction of emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, perinatologists, neonatologists, obstetricians, pediatricians and other specialty physicians. An integral part of the team, communications center personnel work with a state-of-the-art telecommunications system.

All CareFlight pilots have instrument ratings, extensive experience in mountain terrain, and are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. All mechanics are Airframe and Powerplant FAA licensed.

St. Mary's sponsors aircrafts of the highest quality, well suited to our environment, with an equal emphasis on excellent maintenance and safety. 

  • The Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter, the “AStar,” is medically equipped to carry one patient and the necessary medical personnel and equipment. The AStar is the perfect single engine aircraft for operating in the mountains of Colorado and Utah because of its high altitude capabilities. The AStar has an average cruise speed of 140 miles per hour, a range of approximately 300 to 350 miles, and a service ceiling of 15,000 feet. The helicopter is operated by Air Methods Corporation.
  • The Beechcraft King Air 200, a twin engine, turboprop fixed-wing aircraft, is equipped to transport up to two patients and four staff members. With a maximum altitude of 31,000 feet, the King Air's speed is 300 miles an hour. The aircraft is equipped with de-icing and instrument capabilities for adverse weather and mountainous conditions. It is used for emergent transport to definitive care and to transport patients between medical facilities in non-emergent situations when ground transport is not appropriate. This aircraft is operated by Air Methods Corporation.

St. Mary's CareFlight is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems which focuses on patient care quality and safe transport through an in-depth review by professional commission surveyors. St. Mary's CareFlight has been Camts accredited since 1998. St. Mary's CareFlight also maintains required licensure in Utah and Colorado.

Medical and law enforcement personnel can access CareFlight services, request flights, consult with an emergency department physician, or speak with pilots and flight crews by calling 1-800-332-4923.