Memorial Hermann Life Flight® Wins 2014 EMS Air Medical Service of the Year Award
Hermann Texas Trauma Institute is proud to announce that Memorial Hermann Life
Flight® has been named the winner of the Texas Department of
State Health Services’ 2014 EMS Air Medical Service of the Year Award. This prestigious
award honors a public or private air medical service in Texas that has
demonstrated the highest standards in providing patient care, leading the way
in innovation and commitment to patient care.
Winners in 13 different categories were announced
Tuesday at the annual Texas EMS state conference in Fort Worth. Each category
honors a person or organization that exemplifies the best that the Texas EMS
and trauma system has to offer. This year marks the third time that Life Flight
has achieved this recognition, winning previously in 2001 and 2004.
“We are so grateful and humbled that our esteemed
EMS colleagues around the Lone Star State have elected to honor us with this
significant award once again,” said Tom Flanagan, chief operating officer of
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, home to the Texas Trauma Institute. “It
reinforces and rewards the amazing work our Life Flight teams do every day,
providing the highest quality of in-flight care possible while helping to
revolutionize the air medical field by constantly introducing new advancements
Memorial Hermann Life Flight is a critical care air
medical transport service based in Houston – the city’s only hospital-based air
ambulance – that serves the community within a 150-mile radius of the Texas
Medical Center with helicopters and worldwide using fixed-wing transport.
Founded in 1976 by James "Red" Duke, M.D.,
who still is medical director, the service operates around the clock – 24-hours
a day, 365 days a year – retrieving critically ill and injured patients in the
greater Houston area. Crews perform more than 3,000 missions each year, making
the John S. Dunn Helistop one of the busiest helipads in the world. Since its
inaugural flight, Life Flight has flown more than 140,000 missions.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of
Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), Life Flight is committed to excellence in aviation
safety and clinical care. Each flight is staffed by highly skilled personnel
and equipped advanced emergency equipment and necessary medications, and can
transport up to two patients.
Life Flight already has a long list of advanced,
in-flight capabilities, including: pre-hospital blood product administration,
LVAD capabilities, ECMO capabilities, intra-aortic balloon pump, portable blood
warmers, ultrasound diagnostics, clot-busting agents for STEMI, hemostatic
agents for blood clotting and night vision goggles for all crew members, just
to name a few.
Last week, the service added yet another
groundbreaking capability to that list, becoming the first program in Southeast
Texas to be granted authority to conduct flights under instrument flight rules
(IFR) by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). This new capability allows Life
Flight crews to continue caring for the community when weather conditions might
restrict flights under visual flight rules (VFR).
“While some flights may still not be possible in
cases of extremely inclement weather, the use of IFR will significantly expand
Life Flight’s ability to safely serve the greater Houston area and surrounding
communities,” said Christopher “Todd” Grubbs, ATP, chief pilot of Life Flight.
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Hermann-Texas Medical Center
in 1925, Memorial Hermann was the first hospital to open in the world-renowned
Texas Medical Center in Houston. For more than a century, the hospital has set
new standards of care in Texas and across the nation. Built on a long-term
affiliation with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
(UTHealth), Memorial Hermann–TMC and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital bring
together a world-class team of clinicians, researchers and educators under one
roof. The 865-bed Campus provides
exceptional care in the areas of trauma, heart, neuroscience, orthopedics,
women's health, general surgery, organ transplantation, oncology and more. As a certified Level I trauma center at
Memorial Hermann-TMC and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Memorial Hermann
is home to the Texas Trauma Institute and provides 24-hour emergency and trauma
care. In 1976, the hospital established
Memorial Hermann Life Flight® – the first air ambulance service in Texas –
which currently performs more than 3,000 annual missions with a fleet of six
state-of-the-art helicopters. Memorial
Hermann – TMC encompasses three renowned institutes including the Mischer
Neuroscience Institute, the Heart & Vascular Institute and the Ironman
Sports Medicine Institute – all offering the latest innovations, technology and
treatment. Learn more about the Memorial
Hermann Texas Trauma Institute.