CareFlight Medical Services
CareFlight 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, 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.
In 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 300-350 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.