“There are a number of reasons we chose Native Air,” said John Harrington, Jr., CEO, of the nonprofit Sun City West hospital. “First and foremost is the exceptional crew that will operate the flights. The crew includes the pilot, a paramedic and a balloon certified nurse, who can perform lifesaving services for our cardiac patients.
"Secondly, we were impressed by the community education Omniflight provides to our EMS partners in our rural communities. We know that when our first responders are highly skilled the patients transported to our hospital get excellent care right from the start of the 911 call ensuring better outcomes.”
Native Air’s critical care transport teams serve patients of all types – adult, geriatric, pediatric and high-risk obstetrics. This summer, the aircraft and crew will also be able to serve neonatal patients. Transports are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Native Air is a division of Omniflight Helicopters, one of the nation’s leading air medical service providers. The BK 117 twin engine helicopter will serve communities within a 100-mile radius of Sun City West. It will transport patients to the hospital and also from Banner Del E. Webb to other hospitals in the area if higher level services are needed.
“This newest Native Air base brings the highest quality air medical services to Sun City West and the surrounding area,” said Joel Hochhalter, vice president of business operations for Native Air. ‘The speed and efficiency of air medical services are vital for patients who have suffered critical injuries or have immediate life-threatening illnesses.”
The BK 117 helicopter has a reliable track record and strong performance history. The aircraft team will work in conjunction with base team members to serve the local communities with a focus on the delivery of safe, high-quality air medical services, support and clinical care.
About Banner Del E. Webb
Banner Del E. Webb is a 404-bed, acute-care hospital offering orthopedic surgery, heart care, emergency care, general surgery, cancer care, obstetrics and gynecology, medical imaging, women’s diagnostic services, outpatient services, rehabilitation and behavioral care. Banner Del E. Webb is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 23 hospitals throughout the West. Supporting Banner Del E. Webb’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery. In 2010, Thomson Reuters named Banner Health one of the Top 10 Hospital Systems in the U.S. Please visit www.bannerhealth.com/
About Native Air
Mesa, Arizona-based Native Air is a division of Omniflight Helicopters, Inc. of Addison, Texas, a leading provider of air medical services throughout the U.S. Native air provides air medical services throughout Arizona, operating 15 helicopter bases and three airplane locations. These bases are located in Chandler, Globe, Casa Grande, Deer Valley, Lake Havasu, Mesa, Gilbert, Kearney, Prescott Valley, Payson, Parker, Prescott, Show Low, Springerville and now Sun City West.
Omniflight operates about 100 aircraft nationally from 77 bases in 18 states, with a strong presence across the Southwest, Midwest and Southeast regions as well as certain Mountain State areas. Its focus is primarily on inter-facility and on-site emergency scene response using both rotor and fixed-wing aircraft. For more information, please visit www.omniflight.com.