CareFlight Medical Services

DSC_0302 edit 2 copyCareFlight is a team of experienced 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, paramedics, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal intensive care nurses, obstetrical nurses, and respiratory therapists provide critical care to adults, pediatric patients and the newborn.  These crews provide advanced interventions and medication therapies under the direction of emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, 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 ATP ratings, extensive experience in mountain terrain, and are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.  All mechanics are Airframe and Powerplant FAA licensed. 

8D2A1150Mont copyIn 2015, St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose formed a joint venture to add additional helicopter support to the southwest region of Colorado.  The shared goal of this joint venture is to provide the same high quality of care provided by CareFlight, but be geographically closer to those in need of services.  The financial commitment by both hospitals to support this venture demonstrates clear commitment to providing safe, excellent, quality care to the region. 

CareFlight sponsors aircraft and an ambulance of the highest quality, well suited to our environment, with an equal emphasis on excellent maintenance and safety.

  • The Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopters, the “AStar,” are medically equipped to carry one patient and the necessary medical personnel and equipment.  The AStar is the perfect 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 250-300 miles, and a service ceiling of 15,000 feet.  The helicopters are operated by Air Methods Corporation and are based at St. Mary’s Hospital and Montrose Memorial Hospital.
  • 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 per 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 and is based at Grand Junction Regional Airport.
  • In 2013, the program added a critical care ground ambulance to supplement the helicopter and fixed wing service.  This addition gives our referral customers an additional mode of transportation when the patient does not require air transport, but may need a higher level of care than can be provided from the referral area.  It also provides a mode of transportation when weather prevents the aircraft from completing the request.  The ambulance is based at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

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. CareFlight has been CAMTS accredited since 1998. CareFlight also maintains required licensure in Colorado and Utah.

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

St. Mary’s Medical Center: 2635 N. 7th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Montrose Memorial Hospital: 800 S. 3rd Street, Montrose, CO 81401

Sponsored by St. Mary’s Medical Center and Montrose Memorial Hospital. Aircraft operated by Air Methods, Inc.



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Public Notice

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of:

CareFlight on_June 23-24, 2016

The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the program’s compliance with nationally established medical transport standards. The site visit results will be used to determine whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be awarded to the program.

CAMTS accreditation standards deal with issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than 5 business days before the site survey begins. The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview. Such request should be addressed to:

Office of the Executive Director

Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems

PO Box 130
Sandy Springs, SC 29677

The Commission will acknowledge such written requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview. The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting.

This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall not be removed until the site visit is completed.